How To Get Involved
Theme 3: Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit.
Tips to boost veggie and fruit consumption:
Make vegetables and fruit part of every meal and snack;
Eat a variety of colourful vegetables, including a dark green and orange vegetables every day;
Eat the whole vegetable or fruit, skip the juice;
Frozen and canned vegetables and fruit are healthy and convenient;
Choose local, seasonal, frozen or canned for better affordability;
Plan, shop and cook together as a family; and
Start a vegetable or herb garden.
Theme 2: Water does Wonders!
Encourage your kids to drink water when they are thirsty. It is much better for them than drinks with sugar added.
We all know healthy eating is important for growing children. So is healthy hydration.
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.
Make water the "new normal" in your home:
Keep pitchers of water on the kitchen counter or in the fridge for everyone to grab a drink from throughout the day.
Put water on the table at mealtimes.
Fill up re-usable bottles of water for the kids to take to school and sports activities.
Theme 1: Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.
As parents, you know that being active every day is essential for growing children. Lots of good things happen when our kids move more, such as stronger muscles and bones; greater focus and attention; self-confidence; and better coordination. Active kids are happier; they sleep better; and they do better in school.
Parents have an important role to play in their children's level of physical activity!
Being active doesn’t have to mean planned, structured exercise or something complicated to add to your long to-do list. Children are active by nature. All you have to do is encourage that natural urge to "Run. Jump. Play. Every Day."
Small babies need "tummy time" when they are awake and alert. That means putting them on their stomachs so that they can build muscles to lift their heads, move their arms and legs, learn how to roll and get ready to crawl and explore.
As they grow, keep looking for ways to make it easy for your child to be active. Kids look to their parents. Show them that you like to move too. Get out for walks in places where they can play tag and ball games. Dance with them. Show them that you prefer taking the stairs rather than the elevator.
Limit the time they spend sitting in front of a screen, and find the spaces where they can run, jump, climb, dance, swim, and bike their way to lifelong good health.
All kinds of groups will be joining forces in our community – public health, recreation centres, schools and businesses, to name just a few. The goal: help make our community a place where it’s easy for kids to be active. You can be a part of making it happen.
To learn more about what’s happening in our community and how you can help, contact the project manager for our Windsor-Essex Healthy Kids Community Challenge.