Be the Change, take the challenge! Be a Snacktivist!

Children learn about healthy eating at a young age and need a supportive environment, both at home and in the community. Proper nutrition is essential for the health and performance of athletes. Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington in partnership with City of Burlington is promoting the importance of healthy sideline snacks.

Healthy Kids Burlington will be working with local sports teams in Burlington and to encourage a culture change in sport leaders, coaches, guardians, and parents to provide only healthy option during practices or games.

Learn how you can be a role model and make a change. Read more about the challenge: healthykidsburlon.ca/snacktivist

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington encourages local businesses to become a free water bottle refill location

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington encourages local businesses to become a free water bottle refill location

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington is encouraging local businesses to become free water bottle refill locations in the community. Organizations can register at www.bluew.org or www.healthykidsburlon.ca.

Residents can locate free water bottle refill locations in the city by looking for the blueW decal on the doors and windows of businesses or by visiting www.blueW.org.

Burlington is one of 45 communities selected to take part in the Province of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge program, created to support healthy and active lifestyles in children zero to 12 years old. Encouraging healthy lifestyles is included in the A Healthy and Greener City direction from the City of Burlington’s 25-year Strategic Plan.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care launches a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating about every nine months and Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington works together with local organizations to develop programs, policies and initiatives that promote and enable healthy behaviours. The current Healthy Kids Community Challenge theme, Water Does Wonders, is all about encouraging children and families to drink water as a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.

Winter Walk Day, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Winter Walk Day is today, Feb. 1, 2017! To help schools celebrate keeping active this winter, Healthy Kids Burlington has donated 200 water bottles to be distributed to school children of the Halton Catholic District School Board and Public School Board.

Register your school for Winter Walk Day event(s) and receive a Certificate of Participation from Canada Walks. Registration is open anytime between now until the end of March 2017. Don’t wait, register your school today! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WinterWalkDay2017.

Resources are also available to help you organize a walk to school event. Visit safetoschool.ca for more information and toolkits.

Don’t forget to share with us your Winter Walk Day photos on Twitter using hashtag#winterwalkday, #walktoschool and #HealthyKidsBurlON. Looking forward to seeing you this morning!