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.
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For more information, contact Healthy Kids Community Challenge Coordinator: Myriam Castilla at firstname.lastname@example.org