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Ontario Challenges Oshawa Kids to be More Active and Healthy

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Ontario Challenges Oshawa Kids to be More Active and Healthy

Oshawa Launches Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

The City of Oshawa is 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 Oshawa to announce that the City of Oshawa 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 Oshawa will draw on the support of various partners including:

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Local school boards
  • Oshawa Community Health Centre
  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Grandview Children's Centre
  • Oshawa Youth Council.

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.

Quick Facts

  • The City of Oshawa is receiving up to $1,125,000 from Ontario to fund local community projects.
  • In total, Ontario is investing $33.5 million over three years in communities across Ontario through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
  • 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.

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Dipika Damerla

“I am extremely excited to launch this program. The idea is to get kids to learn about healthy living from an early age. Good habits learned in childhood will serve them well throughout their lives.”

Dipika Damerla

Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The City of Oshawa accepts the challenge. We’re thrilled to begin working with our community partners to help our kids get and stay active and learn about healthy lifestyles.”

John Henry

Mayor of Oshawa

“We thank the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ontario for their financial support for this very important program to work towards making our kids healthier. I can assure the Ministry that the City of Oshawa and our partners are up to this challenge.”

Councillor Bob Chapman

Chair of the Community Services Committee

Media Contacts

  • Polina Osmerkina

    Associate Minister’s Office

    416-325-3754

  • David Jensen

    Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

    ontario.ca/health-news

    416-314-6197

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