The Healthy Kids Community Challenge
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is encouraging Collingwood kids to get outdoors and enjoy winter. Great things happen when kids are active. Incorporating physical activity into a child’s daily routine is critical for the physical, social and mental wellbeing.
The first theme of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. It promotes physical activity through a mix of activities including active play, active transportation and sports or structured physical activity. Based on the recent ParticipACTION physical activity report card, only 14% of Canadian kids ages 5-11 meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. “Winter can be a particularly challenging for kids to stay active.
The Collingwood Healthy Kids Community Challenge has planned several activities to encourage kids to keep moving, even when the weather is colder,” said Community Champion, Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. “We’re so fortunate to have such a variety of recreation opportunities in Collingwood. There are ways to stay active all year round.” National Winter Walk to School Day Walking to school is a great way for kids to be physically active.
To promote this activity, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Collingwood is partnering with Collingwood Healthy Kids Community Challenge is holding a Snowman Competition to support outdoor play winter play. Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. the Environment Network on February 3rd to support National Winter Walk to School Day. “It was fantastic to see so many Collingwood kids walking to school on International Walk to School Day in October” said Kerri Macdonald from the Environment Network, “a winter walk to school can be great fun and sets kids up for learning”.
Snowman Competition Outdoor play can be as simple as building a snowman. In celebration of winter outdoor play, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Collingwood is holding its first annual Snowman Competition. We are asking Collingwood residents to submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. All photo entries will receive a free public swim or skate pass and there will be prizes available for the most novel creations.
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Snowman Competition runs until February 19th. For more information on events planned as part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Collingwood visit collingwood.ca/healthykids. “Winter is an excellent time for kids to get outdoors and have fun” said Jennifer Parker, local Healthy Kids Community Challenge Program Manager, “kids are more active when they get outside.”
Collingwood is one of 45 communities across Ontario that will be working with the province to promote healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children.
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Collingwood is building on local resources and programs by working with community partners to encourage children to lead healthier lives.
For more information, contact: Communications Officer Jennett Mays T. 705-445-1030 Ext. 3293 email@example.com Healthy Kids Community Challenge Project Manager Jennifer Parker T. 705-444-2500 Ext. 3260 firstname.lastname@example.org