Community partners in Hamilton mountain wards 6, 7, and 8 have come together to help us raise healthy kids. With the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC), Ontario communities are taking action to promote the health of children through physical activity and healthy eating. Over the next three years, Hamilton will receive over one million dollars from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to make this happen.
Join us as we look for ways to make it easier for you and your children to:
- Be physically active
- Create safe places to live, learn, and play
- Drink more water, rather than sugary drinks
- Enjoy eating well
- Sit less and move more
How can I get involved?
Getting involved in your community during the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is easier than ever. Every nine months, HKCC will launch a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating. Together, we will bring these themes to life on the Hamilton mountain!
Free Healthy Kids programs
Ride Smart Cycling Education program
Kids will learn safe cycling skills at selected elementary schools
Famille en Mouvement program
Activities for the whole family and Zumba for students during recess at French Catholic Elementary Schools.
Contact Franklin Leukam.
Phone: 905-524-2503 Email: email@example.com
Purnell Kids Club
Kids play and build confidence in sports and recreation activities for children ages 7-12 years old that live at 77 Purnell Drive in Ward 8.
Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Leadership Institute
Join families to work on great project ideas by participating in a 10 week program with the Hamilton Community Foundation.
Hamilton Public Library presents the StoryWalk program. Kids follow along a story as they walk/jump/run along a trail from page to page in locations on Hamilton mountain. Contact: Hamilton Public Library 905-546-3200 Ext. 3285.
Aquatics Try It program
Recreation presents a 10 week drop-in aquatics program. Suitable for children 7-12 years old.
Recreational skating program
Grades 1-2 students at select Catholic Elementary Schools on Hamilton mountain will participate in a skating program.
SportsBlast recreation program
Grades 1-3 students at select schools on Hamilton mountain will participate in a fast run, jump, throw based physical activity program during nutrition breaks. Ask at your school for more details.
Family Olympics Day
Take part in day of family fun and light competition with an Olympic theme in June 2016. This activity will have you and your family on land, water, indoors and out! More details will be available at recreation centres in May 2016.
Children ages 6-12 years old can participate in supie programming at Rolston parks throughout July and August. Enjoy games, crafts, sports, special events and theme days.
Start the Cycle Program
Children ages 7-15 years old can participate the Hamilton Public Library bike lending program that includes safe cycling skills. For more information contact 905-546-3200 Ext. 3285.
Healthy Kids Feedback Survey
Theme 1: Run. Jump. Play. Every day.
Run. Jump. Play. Every day promotes physical activity through active play, active transportation, sports, and planned exercise.
Why run, jump, and play?
- You have fun playing with friends!
- Improve self-confidence
- Improve learning and attention
- Improve mental wellbeing
- Strengthen bones and muscles (including your heart!)
- Maintain a healthy weight
How much running, jumping, and playing do children need every day?
Choose the age-specific guideline to learn how much activity your child needs every day:
Canadian Physical Guidelines for ages 0 to 4 yrs (PDF, 475KB)
Canadian Physical Guidelines for ages 5 to 11 yrs (PDF, 72KB)
Canadian Physical Guidelines for ages 12 to 17 yrs (PDF, 72KB)
Be an active role model:
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults 18-64 (PDF, 70KB)
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults 65 years and Older (PDF, 72KB)
- New bike racks will be installed in selected elementary schools.
- Free bike helmets in the nine elementary schools that are selected for the Ride Smart Cycling Education Program.
- Select elementary schools will get new playground markings, physical activity equipment, and peer-led recess training.
- Bike parking facilities (cages, lockers) will be purchased for the Hamilton Public Library.
- Path through the forest woodlot in Captain Cornelius Park will be designed with community involvement. Check back for more information.
- Experts in Hamilton will work together to help your kids get active.
- A physical literacy tool will be developed to help share what works and what doesn’t in a physical activity program.
- Research teams will conduct evaluations on the effectiveness of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
- City of Hamilton Public Health Services
- City of Hamilton Healthy Living Division
- City of Hamilton Family Health Division
- City of Hamilton Planning & Business Improvement
- City of Hamilton Community & Emergency Services
- City of Hamilton Parks and Recreation
- City of Hamilton Children’s & Home Management Program
- City of Hamilton Neighbourhood & Community Initiatives Division Neighbourhood action strategy
- City of Hamilton Housing Hamilton Corporation
- Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
- Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
- Conseil Scolaire de district Catholique Centre-Sud
- Hamilton Community Foundation
- Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton
- Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
- Hamilton Health Sciences
- McMaster Children’s Hospital
- McMaster Athletes Care Program
- Sleep Disorders Clinic
- McMaster Family Health Team
- Hamilton Best Start Network
- Ontario Early Years Centre
- YMCA, Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
- Hamilton Public Library
- Hamilton Helmet Initiative
- Start the Cycle
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton
Connect with Us
Healthy Kids Community Challenge
City of Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3073
Follow us @cityofhamilton using #HealthyKidsON
Connect with us at HealthyKidsHamilton
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