Welcome to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge for De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) is Ontario’s new program to support the health of our children and De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre (DAHC) has been selected to be a part of it.

What is the HKCC?

The HKCC focuses on bringing parents and community partners together to create long-lasting changes for healthier children.

The overall goal of the HKCC is to improve the health of children by promoting: healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.

DAHC services a wide area and together with community partners we will focus on what works best for our community.

The HKCC offers many benefits for children and families, including:
• Skills for staying active and eating well
• Support with making healthy choices
• Close links to supports within the community
• More chances to be involved and included

Choose to boost veggies and fruit.

The third theme for the HKCC is Choose to boost veggies and fruit.

This theme encourages kids and families to make vegetables and fruit a part of every meal and snack.
Why do we want kids and families to choose veggies and fruit?

  • Vegetables and fruits are high in vitamins, minerals, nutrients and dietary fibre
  • Vegetables and fruits give overall energy for kids and families to be physically active!
Recommended Number of Servings Per Day:

 

Age in Years Number of Vegetable and Fruit Servings
2-3 4
4-8 5
9-13 6

“We can think of our child as a flower. A flower needs nourishment, love and care. Think of our children as a garden. They need a place to show their beauty and pride.” Cowichan Tribes Elder, 2009

Water Does Wonders

The second theme for the HKCC is Water Does Wonders.

This theme encourages kids and families to reach for water first when thirsty instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.

Why do we want kids and families to choose water?
• Children need lots of water to stay hydrated and healthy
• Water is essential for good health
• Water contains no sugar, calories, additives, or caffeine
• Water is a simple, convenient, and low-cost option for quenching thirst

Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.

The first Theme for the HKCC is Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.

This theme encourages physical activity through free play, organized sports or structured activities.

Being active every day is essential for growing children. Lots of good things happen when our kids move more:
• Stronger muscles and bones.
• Greater focus and attention.
• Self-confidence.
• Better coordination.
• Active kids are happier, they sleep better and they do better in school.

How do I get involved?

Our goal for the HKCC is to help make our community a place where it’s easy for kids to be healthy and active and you can be a part of making it happen. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming events and share events with family and friends.

If you are interested in taking part in the HKCC or becoming a community partner please contact:

Christina Vlahopoulos, HKCC Project Lead
healthykids@dahac.ca
519-752-4340 ext 328 (Brantford)
905-544-4320 ext 328 (Hamilton)

We look forward to working with you to help keep our kids active and healthy!