Theme 1: Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.
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Theme 1: Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.

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Overview of Theme:

The first theme is Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. This theme encourages all children to be physically active through a mix of active play, sport, active transportation and structured activities. Any form of fun or regular movement is physical activity. For kids of all ages, it should include bouts of moderate to vigorous activity to raise their heart rate.

Active play:

Active play comes in many forms and varies with age. Active play is any unstructured, child-directed movement that children do for fun – playground games like tag, skipping or ball games for instance. The energy spent in play varies – it may be more or less vigorous than organized sports, but a child tends to do it longer, choosing for themselves when to rest. And it’s not just great for a child’s growing body – it has social and mental health benefits too.

Active transportation:

Active transportation is any way that children move from A to B using their own power. Besides walking and running, it includes things like biking, in-line skating and skateboarding.

Sports and other structured physical activity:

Children who take part in some form of organized physical activity are more likely to meet Canada’s physical activity guidelines. Ontario children in grades 1 to 8 are required to get at least 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous daily physical activity each school day. Elementary and middle school students have physical education classes. Structured physical activities might also occur out of school, including participation in sports teams, martial arts and dance.

Windsor-Essex Theme 1 Activities

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge encourages all children to be physically active!

To maximize the funding for the project, the Theme 1 activities were chosen through a process of engaging community organizations who are currently
delivering activities targeting children's physical activity. Organizations submitted activity ideas that would increase the reach or impact of their current programs. These activities target children from 0 to 12 years of age, including their parents. The activities were submitted to the province for approval and the approved activities are listed below:

1. Physical Literacy Kits for Early Childhood Educators

Lead Agency – Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project - Provide physical literacy equipment bins to licensed child care centres in addition to a training workshop for ECE’s and child care support workers.

2. Outdoor Play Every Day (OPED) Kits

Lead Agency – Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project - Provide an Outdoor Play Every Day resource kit to families who visit the Ontario Early Year Centres, Parent and Family Literacy Centres, and other related agencies that provide services to families with children ages 0-6. 

3. Dougall Neighbourhood Community Sports Nigh

Lead Agency - Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative

Project – Provide a weekly program offering physical activity opportunities at Dougall Public School, providing a safe and available space that is accessible (e.g. transportation) and affordable for residents in the neighbourhood.

4. Glengarry Community Sports Night

Lead Agency - Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative

Project – Provide a weekly program offering physical activity opportunities at a local community centre, providing a safe and available space that is accessible (e.g. transportation) and affordable for residents in the neighbourhood.

5. Time With Dads Matter

Lead Agency – Connections Early Years Family Centre

Project – Provide a tool to engage dads in their job of parenting by inviting them and/or their parenting partner to come into the Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC) and/or the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres (PFLC)  in Windsor and Essex County to pick up a child’s first ball, a soft plush ball, perfect for little hands to hold and capture baby’s attention to encourage them to roll, stretch, kick, grab, crawl, etc.  The gift bag would also contain a copy of the “Daddy And Me On The Move”, a booklet filled with activities dads can do with their children 0 to 6 years as well as a laminated list of all OEYC & PFLCs locations in this community.

6. Try A Sport Day

Lead Agency – Town of Tecumseh

Project – Provide a one-day event that incorporates local sports organizations to showcase their sport. This activity will target elementary school aged children and will include demonstrations to allow event visitors the opportunity to try the activity.

7. Move and Groove Night/Music Time

Lead Agency - Connections Family Learning Centre

Project – Provide 20 minutes of music and movement for families in attendance at the weekly Tuesday evening Drop In session.  It is a fun, interactive way to encourage physical activity.

8. SWARG (Southwest Area Recreation Guild) Seminar

Lead Agency - Southwest Area Recreation Guild

Project – Provide a Professional Development Seminar focuses on the topic of enhancing physical literacy in the community setting.

9. Community Activity Challenge

Lead Agency – City of Windsor

Project – Provide a friendly competition between 2 communities involved in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Windsor-Essex and Lambton-Partners. During the month of April each of the communities will track their physical activity based on the amount of time participating in various activities.

10. Active Safe Routes to School

Lead Agency – Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project – Provide a tool kit for schools which outlines the benefits of physical activity, as well as what active transportation is and why it’s important. Walkability assessments will be completed for participating schools.

11. In Motion Activity Passes

Lead Agency - Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project – Provide incentives for participation in the recreation centre passes distributed by Leamington and Kingsville recreation departments. Prizes given to students who attend the recreation centers the most.

12.  Walk Across Canada

Lead Agency - Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project – Provide a tool kit to all schools which explain the benefits of physical activity and how schools can use the kit within their classes and chart the distance they walk across a map, or challenge other classes to see who can walk the furthest.

13.  Physical Literacy Social Media Contest

Lead Agency - Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project - Promote movement skills of all types (running, jumping, kicking, throwing, catching) through a social media contest / challenge.  Schools will promote designated hash tags for students to use when posting pictures through Facebook and Twitter.

14. County Wide Active Transportation System Community Celebration

Lead Agency - County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS)

Project – Provide a Community “Walk Ride County Wide” celebration where local residents, schools, and communities of each of the 7 towns walk/ride with local leaders to celebrate their annual investment in active transportation.

15. Fit Bursts / Active Learning / Fit Classrooms

Lead Agency – Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project - To help teachers include daily physical activity (DPA) throughout the day, promote more physical activity overall, and assist with student’s learning in the classroom.

16. Youth Leadership Forum

Lead Agency – City of Windsor

Project - Engage students from each of the targeted project dissemination areas to become leaders in their school through the development and delivery of the Fit Burst program and engage students to participate in a committee parallel to our Leadership table called - Youth Leadership Table committee.

17.  Run, Jump, Play, Every Day.  Recreation Can Be Affordable

Lead Agency – Windsor Essex Communities in Motion

Project - Launch a social marketing campaign around “Run, Jump Play Every Day! Physical activity can be affordable, connect with your local recreation centre for more information”. Family Day in motion, March break in motion, Parks and Recreation Month activities will be used to address the cost barrier to physical activity and reach out to community members not currently using the recreation centres.

18. Supporting Children’s Services

Lead Agency – City of Windsor

Project - Encourage Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC) to increase awareness and physical activity in their daily programming. Promote physical activity for children by ensuring books that are purchased and promoted through our Early Literacy Program reflect physical activity and movement.

19. Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Program

Lead Agency - Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project - Provide employers and employees with information, resource links, and practical tips on how to make healthy choices to support their health and the health of their families.

20. Healthy at Work Webinar Series

Lead Agency – Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project – Provide a free educational webinar aimed at building employees’ skills and promote health while using an online and easily accessible platform

21. Healthy Workplace Luncheon

Lead Agency - Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Project - Provide a short presentation on the Healthy Kids Community Challenge concept and the current “Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.”  theme to local employers and workplace wellness leads.

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