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.

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 or

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

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!

Resources are also available to help you organize a walk to school event. Visit 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!


Sports Day Celebration and Healthy Sideline Snacks

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 was Sports Day in Canada. In Burlington, we celebrated the day by joining together with many different sporting groups at Haber Recreation Centre where community memebers could participate in a variety of  “Try It” sessions including; wrestling, pickleball, soccer, lacrosse, badminton, gymnastics, cricket and many more.


Healthy Kids has been working with local sports groups to promote and educate about healthy snack choices and reducing sugar-sweetened beverages. Our main message: children should be rehydrating with water and refuelling with fruit and low sugar snacks.

For this event, Healthy Kids partnered with the Hayden H.S. grade 12 Nutrition and Health classes to create healthy sideline snack recipes. The students came up with five delicious, low sugar muffins that could easily be pre-made and frozen for snacks. Check out these recipes below, which all had nothing but rave reviews! Thank you to Susan Hammond and her classes for partnering with us for this event.

Remember – when it comes to thirst choose water first!




The Great Big Crunch

The Great Big Crunch

On Oct. 13, 2016, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington in partnership with Halton Food for Thought launched the Great Big Crunch. The Great Big Crunch is celebrating healthy eating through the eyes of an apple. 69 public and catholic schools in Burlington participated in this event and over 36,000 apples were “crunched.”

Students, teachers, educators and all food enthusiasts participated in one Great Big “synchronized” Crunch to celebrate healthy eating and highlight the availability of local foods.

For more information about the Great Big Crunch, visit the Halton Food for Thought website.




Big Crunch School Letter


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 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.