About the ChallengeLearn More About the Healthy Kids Community Challenge
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children by promoting the development of healthy eating and exercise habits. 32% of Canadian children are overweight or obese, and these conditions tend to persist into adulthood, which is why it is so important to develop healthy habits in the early years.
To address these health issues, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) created the HKCC. The MOHLTC has provided funding for 45 communities across Ontario to support initiatives that reduce the prevalence of and prevent childhood overweight and obesity. Participating communities collaborate with local partners to develop community based programming that promotes healthy lifestyles for kids.
Toronto, being a highly diverse community presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Many assets already exist in the community, including food co-ops, community kitchens, sports facilities, after school programs, etc. Through the HKCC, community organizations and multi-sector partners are coming together to expand, connect and build upon these programs, making resources more accessible to all people in the community.
We have run several programs already such as activity tub rentals, and a Fun Fair in Dentonia Park, and have been so excited about the positive response received so far. It has been great fun to welcome kids from the community to participate in a range of activities, all while promoting healthy living. We are so excited about many new programs coming up – please visit the events calendar for more information, we would love for you to join us!