Black Creek Community Health Centre, in partnership with local organizations, is leading the Healthy Kids Community Challenge for the Humber-Downsview Region.
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is all about helping Ontario kids make healthy choices.
Our community is one of 45 across the province chosen to be a part of this special project. That means new ideas and programs are coming to our community – things that make it easier for kids to be active and eat healthier. These are the keys to good health as our children grow up and become adults
Promoting healthy behaviour among children is important because:
• Children who are obese have a higher risk of chronic disease and premature death as adults.
• Children and youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to become obese adults.
• Obese adults are more likely to have coronary artery disease, a stroke, high blood pressure, breast and
colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, gall bladder disease, and osteoarthritis.
• Unhealthy weights can influence self-esteem, social inclusion, and mental health in children and youth
How does HKCC work?
About every 9 months, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) introduces a new theme for the program. These themes relate to 2 key factors associated with healthy kids: physical activity and healthy eating.
From July 2016 to March 2017, HKCC’s theme is "Water does Wonders". It encourages kids and families to reach for water when thirsty.
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Benefits of drinking water:
• Water makes up more than half of a child’s body weight. It is an essential nutrient.
• Children need lots of water to stay hydrated and keep their bodies working properly. Water regulates
the temperatures of the human body. It carries nutrients and oxygen to cells. It cushions organs and
joints. It also aids digestion and removes waste.
• Water has no sugar, calories, additives, or caffeine. This makes it the smart choice for sipping throughout the day.
• When kids drink water in place of sugary drinks, they are more likely to take in fewer total calories each day.
• Most tap water is fluoridated. This means that it helps teeth stay strong and protects against cavities.
• Lack of water can lead to dehydration. This condition occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
We all know healthy eating is important for growing children. So is healthy hydration. Our community is looking for ways to make it easier for kids to choose healthy drinks more often.
Water is the natural choice for kids to stay hydrated and healthy. Water makes up more than half of a child’s weight. They need a steady supply to keep their bodies working and growing properly. Water contains no sugar, calories, additives, preservatives, or caffeine. And it’s free.
Make water the easy choice for your kids – and keep them sipping throughout the day
For more information, contact Healthy Kids Community Challenge Coordinator: Myriam Castilla at email@example.com