Ontario Challenges Sudbury Kids to be More Active and Healthy
Sudbury Region Launches Healthy Kids Community Challenge
The City of Greater Sudbury and Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre are among 45 communities selected to take part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which promotes healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children.
Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dipika Damerla was in Sudbury to announce that The City of Greater Sudbury and Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre will invest funds from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in programs that support healthy habits among local children and their families.
As it develops and implements its plans, the City of Sudbury will draw on the support of 19 multi-sectoral partners including:
- Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU)
- Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury (CSCGS)
- United Way Sudbury & Nipissing Districts
- YMCA of Sudbury.
Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre will use this funding to develop programs that support Aboriginal children in the Greater Sudbury area, and the First Nations of Henvey Inlet, Magnetawan and Wahnapitae. Named, "Gda binojiin-minaanig da Mina yaawag - Our Children Will Be Well," by the community, the local project will take a wholistic approach to fostering healthy behaviours in children and families.
Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre will work with the City of Sudbury as well as a wide range of partners to implement the local project.
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge combines a community-based approach with centralized provincial supports to help communities develop and implement policies, programs and environmental supports that enable one common outcome: healthy kids.
Encouraging kids to stay active and healthy is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
- The City of Greater Sudbury is receiving up to $1,125,000 from Ontario to fund local community projects.
- The Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre is receiving up to $525,000 from Ontario to fund local community projects.
- The Healthy Kids Community Challenge builds on steps the government has already taken to implement recommendations from the Healthy Kids Panel, including a 24-hour support line for breastfeeding moms and expanding Ontario’s Student Nutrition Program.
- In 2009, the economic cost associated with physical inactivity and unhealthy weight in Ontario was $4.5 billion.
- Supporting community-based activities to promote healthier living is a key recommendation of the Healthy Kids Panel report.
“I am extremely excited to launch this program. The idea is to get kids to start learning about healthy living from an early age. Good habits learned in childhood will serve them well throughout their lives.”
“I am very pleased to see this initiative being launched in Sudbury and around the province. As a father of two, I know how important it is to encourage a healthy lifestyle for children from day one.”
“Our children shape the future of this community. By supporting their health and well-being, we ensure that Greater Sudbury as a whole becomes stronger. We are proud and excited to participate in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and look forward to encouraging and guiding our youth in their healthy and active lifestyles. Thank you to the province of Ontario for this support”
“The Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre is proud and excited to be a part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. We have mobilized a team of committed, dedicated and true individuals to fill our duty and responsibility in nurturing the children in a healthy life journey. The “Gda binojiin-minaanig da Mina yaawag – Our Children Will Be Well” speaks to our Ancestors vision and commitment in building our healthy communities that are respectful in maintaining our cultural identity. We look forward to engaging our partners to implement the program and services the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is bringing to the population of the aboriginal youth in this territory.”