Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 23 to 29

This week is the National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we at Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington wanted to take a moment to thank our community partners and Burlington residents. Your dedication to supporting children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating is making a positive change in our community.

Infused Water Taste Test Challenge a huge success!

To promote the importance of drinking water, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington spent the day getting kids and adults to “Taste Test” infused water recipes at the Burlington Mall. An interactive  demonstration and recipes are created by six schools in Burlington as part of the Taste Test Challenge. The winner of the challenge will get two water refill stations for their school.

The participating schools are:

  • Central Public School,
  • Lakeshore Public School,
  • Ryerson Public School,
  • St. Paul Catholic Elementary School,
  • Tecumseh Public School, and
  • Tom Tomson Public  School.

Patrons at the mall had the opportunity to try six different infused water recipes and vote for their favourite. The Burlington Mall graciously provided the space to Healthy Kids Community Challenge allowing  483 children and adults to participate and cast votes.
The two schools with the most votes and the winners of the water refill stations are:

St. Paul Catholic Elementary

Tecumseh Public School

Congratulations to all of the participating schools. They all played a big role helping to promote water as the best and healthiest way to stay hydrated!

View the Infused Water Challenge recipes, courtesy of the participating schools.


Winner of Winter Play Scavenger Hunt

Winner of Winter Play Scavenger Hunt

Congratulations to the following families for winning the Winter Play Scavenger Hunt draw.

Draw 1 ($100 Sport Chek Gift Card)
The MacDonald Family
Cici and Scarlet Family
The Middleton Family

Draw 2 ($100 Sport Chek Gift Card + $100 City of Burlington Parks and Recreation gift card)
The Walsh Family
The Ostapowich Family
Chapman Family

Draw 3 ($150 Sport Chek Gift Card +$150 City of Burlington Parks and Rec gift card + Conservation Halton Family Pass)
The Pichora Family
The Ingram Family
The Ward Smyth Family
The Nielsen Family

Comments about Winter Play Scavenger Hunt

We really enjoyed participating 🙂 we are hooked on infusing our water 🙂

It was great fun and the whole family enjoyed the scavenger hunt.  I hope there will be more scavenger hunts another time!

Our family had SO much fun doing this scavenger hunt. It got us outside together more and helped us discover new parts of our community. I hope you have more initiatives like this in the future!

What a wonderful way to encourage winter play…it was great fun!

This was a really fun activity to do with my daughter.  We had a blast doing it.

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.

Share your idea for a Neighbourhood Water Project

Share your idea for a Neighbourhood Water Project

fountain-boyThe Burlington’s Healthy Kids Neighbourhood Action Teams have issued a Call to Action!

Share your idea for a Neighbourhood Water Project. The goal of the Call to Action is to develop activities across Burlington that increase awareness and knowledge about the importance of drinking water and decreasing sugar-sweetened beverages.

The projects provide an opportunity for groups and organizations to participate in the Healthy Kids Water Does Wonders theme; creating opportunities for children and their families to focus on learning and building on healthy eating, healthy hydration and physical activity.

Submit your project here: complete fillable PDF form and email to Rishia Burke, rburke@cdhalton.ca.  The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 5 p.m.

October Neighbourhood Action Team Meeting

Get Involved – Join a Neighbourhood Action Team

At the neighbourhood conversations we will be talking about:nat-locations

  • The Community Challenge action plan item
  • Neighbourhood Water project action plan items
  • Updates on the other Water Does Wonder projects – your local school pilot sites, water access, sport team project, education and concession policy
  • Mapping food assets as we start thinking about Healthy Kids Theme Three

RSVP to Rishia Burke at rburke@cdhalton.ca. Child care can be arranged.

October Meeting Dates

NAT 4: Calvary Baptist Church
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1 to 3 p.m.

NAT 2: St Christopher’s Anglican Church
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

NAT 3: Centennial Pool Meeting Room
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

NAT 5: Haber Community Room
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 – 1 to 3 p.m.

NAT 1: Aldershot HUB
Thursday, Oct. 20, 12 to 2 p.m.