Bike to School Week with the Mayor!

To support Bike to School Week and as Champion of the Healthy Kids Challenge Burlington, Mayor Rick Goldring partnered with Lakeshore Public School for a mayors’ bike-to-school ride on the morning of Tuesday, May 31. More than 50 students met before school at the Centennial Bike Path to ride the 1.3- kilometre distance with Mayor Goldring and visiting Mayor John Berends from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Mayors Bike to School 1sApeldoorn is Burlington’s sister city and is known for its cycling culture. Mayor Goldring encouraged Lakeshore Public School students to Think Outside the Car whenever they can, especially on their way to and from school, for a healthy and green Burlington. The Mayor and his staff are grateful to the Halton District School Board, Principal Evelyn Quist and the outstanding team of staff, students and parents at Lakeshore Public School for making the Bike to School Week mayors’ ride a great success.

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Congratulations to Burlington Schools!


Bike to school week - Healthy Kids Burlington

More than 30 local schools across the city have signed up to participate in Bike to School Week, a Metrolinx initiative that encourages local teachers and students to use active transportation for their daily commute to school between May 30 and June 3.

Kudos to Burlington Schools that signed up. We are seeing a 600 per cent increase in the number of schools participating from the previous year.

Schools that registered for Bike to School Week by May 6 were entered into a draw for a chance to win one of 20 bike racks, provided by Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington and the city.

The winning schools are:

Aldershot Elementary School
Alton Village Public School
CH Norton Public School
Charles R. Beaudoin Public School
Dr. Charles Best Public School
Gary Allan High School (STEP Program)
Glenview Public School
Lakeshore Public School
Maplehurst Public School
Mohawk Gardens Public School
Pauline Johnson Public School
Rolling Meadows Public School
Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School
Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School
St. Gabriel Elementary School
St. John Elementary School
St. Mark Elementary School
St. Paul Elementary School
St. Raphael Elementary School
Tom Thomson Public School

Schools that register for Bike to School Week before June 1 still have an opportunity to be entered into a draw to win a Can-Bike rodeo for their school in the 2016-17 school year.

To register for Bike to School Week, visit



#iheartplay GIVEAWAY!

Burlington’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge and Have a Heart for Burlington have teamed up on a social media campaign to encourage outdoor play for children, youth and their families.

How it works:

  1. Families, classrooms, community programs and groups, teams and clubs can enter by posting a video or photo to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest with the hashtag #iheartplay. Then submitting it HERE.
  2. Then challenge a friend!
  3. Your submission qualifies you for an exciting prize!
    • *Group Prize* one of three sports equipment packs.
    • *Family Prize* one of two 2016 Conservation Halton Parks Family Memberships.
  4. #iheartplay challenge closes June 5, 2016.

iheartplayPlease share this information with friends and those in your networks.

If you have any questions or need more information on the #iheartplay challenge, please contact Rishia Burke at 905-632-1975 or

Free Learning Series: Re-Rooted in PLAY, June 2, 2016

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington and the Burlington Public Library will be hosting a free Learning Seminar.

free learning seriesLearn about healthy bodies, environments and places to play and explore. The training will be held at one of Burlington’s Community Garden located at Central Park.

The training series is filling up quickly. Space still availlable in the June 2, 2016 series. Sign up today!

Who should come

This workshop is great for any parent, student, volunteer, or summer program staff that plan to get kids active and outdoors this spring and summer.

What you will learn

  • The workshop will teach you how to get kids busy in the garden and provide you with great ideas for activities that develop physical literacy skills around the garden.
  • You might be saying, “We are not doing any programming in gardens this summer” …this is still for you! The workshop facilitator will also teach you how to create mini-garden environments and how to inject a little garden excitement into any children’s activity or program.

To learn more about Ecosource and RE-Rooted in play click here.

To register on-line for the workshop please click here. The workshop is FREE! Don’t delay and be disappointed!



Five Things to Play when the Weather is Grey!


It’s not always a great day to get active outside. Here are some ideas for small spaces to get moving. Remember, we ALL need to be active – not just the kids!rain on windowjpg

1) Build an obstacle course around the living room. Use couch cushions to jump over, sheets to crawl under, stuffed animals as pylons, tables to maneuver around.

2) Play hide and seek! With older children, keep track with a chart how long it takes for each ‘find’, and watch how fast they move to beat the other time.

3) Have a paper ball fight. Save scrap paper for days like today. Set up some barricades using couches or couch cushions and let the war begin!

4) Story telling Yoga. Tell a story using Yoga pose names. When you say a pose name everyone has to go into the pose. With older children, see if they can tell the story! Some poses you could use are: snake, frog, mountain, warrior, bear, cat and cow. Check out for more ideas!

5) Host a mini Olympics. Choose events that all can participate (including adults). They could be traditional: long jump, high jump, races around the dining room table. Or make them a little different such as a bearwalk race, or a dance competition. Whatever you choose, be sure to focus on the fun, not the competition.

Remember that parents are an inspiration to their children. Lead by example and join in the fun!

Share with us how you initiate fun play indoor. We’d love to hear how you play inside!


60 minutes of PLAY for children 5 to 11 years old


For health benefits, children aged 5-11 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily.

Being active for at least 60 minutes will help children:

  • Improve their health
  • Do better in school
  • Improve their fitness
  • Grow stronger
  • Have fun playing with friend
  • Feel happier
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Learn new skills

Here’s some ideas for child’s daily activity.

  • Play tag – or freeze-tag!
  • Go to the playground after school.
  • Walk, bike, rollerblade or skateboard to school.
  • Play an active game at recess.
  • Go sledding in the park on the weekend.
  • Go “puddle hopping” on a rainy day.