Launch of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge second theme – Water Does Wonders!

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington is inviting residents to a community workshop to share ideas on how to encourage children and families to drink water as a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages. The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountainside Recreation Centre.

“Having a city that is healthy and green is one of the four key objectives in Burlington’s 25 year strategic plan,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “We want to help motivate kids to drink water when they are thirsty and make choices that will lead to good health.”

Ideas generated from the community brainstorming event will be used to support the second theme of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Water Does Wonders. 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.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will launch a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating about every nine months and Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington will work together with local organizations to develop programs, policies and initiatives that promote and enable healthy behaviours.

“Children need a lot of water to stay hydrated and healthy,” said Jennifer Spence, the co-project lead for Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington. “Water makes up more than half of a child’s weight, and a steady supply is necessary to keep bodies working properly.”

For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, visit Ontario’s Healthy Kids Strategy plan.

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