About the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Chatham-Kent

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge was all about helping Ontario kids make healthy choices. New ideas and programs came 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.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent was one of 45 communities across Ontario chosen to be a part of this special project. Targeted at children 0 – 12 years of age, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge united communities with a common goal: promoting children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent received $962,500 from the Government of Ontario to implement the program in our community over three years. Under the banner of ‘Super Kids CK’, the Municipality has worked collaboratively with community partners to offer programs and services that help make it easier for children in Chatham-Kent to live happier, healthier lives.

Every nine months, the Government of Ontario launched a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating which guided the development of local programs, policies, and initiatives that promoted and enabled healthy behaviours.

  • The first theme was Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. This theme encouraged physical activity for children and families through a mix of active play, sport, active transportation, and unstructured activities.
  • The second theme was Water does Wonders! This theme encouraged children and their families to make water their GO-to drink.
  • The third theme was Choose to boost veggies and fruit. This theme encouraged children and their families to eat more vegetables and fruit at meals and snack times.
  • The fourth theme was Power Off and Play! This theme encouraged children and their families to build a balanced day by spending less time on screen-based devices and more time on fun and educational activities, playing active games, and interacting face-to-face.