The Ontario Government has created the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to motivate communities, to engage youth to become more active and eat healthier. The challenge is being delivered locally by 45 different regions/municipalities throughout Ontario. Niagara Falls, along with the other 11 Niagara Region municipalities are participating in partnership through Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara, which is administered by the Business Education Council. About every nine months, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will launch a new theme related to physical activity, learning or healthy eating. The Challenge enables municipalities to tailor programming for their community to encourage youth to participate. This first theme, Run. Jump. Play. Every day. started on May 1 in Niagara Falls. This theme encouraged physical activity through a mix of active play, sport, active transportation and structured activities. The City of Niagara Falls, along with its partners from the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN), Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB), YMCA of Niagara, and various private businesses have created the Niagara Falls Activity Passport for theme 1 in an attempt to reach all Niagara Falls students within grades 1 through 6. Youth, and their families can take advantage of various free activities offered within the Passport from May 1 to June 11, 2016.
Theme two, Water Does Wonders targets water comspumtion with youth. The theme will concentrate on media campaigns to make youth aware of the benefits of water and the negative impact that sugar drinks can have. Theme two will run from September, 2016 to June, 2017. For more information, please contact the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara Steering Committee.