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Water Does Wonders Conference

A huge success

Phew! What a whirlwind! 4 speakers, a breakout session, illustrated notes, action plans, 11 schools and 7 outside organizations! We held a conference promoting water over sugary beverages on November 3rd at Dinardo's Mansion. It was a huge success with feedback such as "Very animated and effective", "An amazing opportunity to learn about water", "Very informative" and "A fabulous experience". Schools and organizations came up with fabulous implementation plans from school wide water days to assemblies to announcements and email blasts. We can't wait to see the action plans being implemented!

Community Needs Assessment

Aurora

As part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Aurora program, Windfall Ecology Centre undertook a comprehensive needs analysis for the Aurora Community to identify barriers and determine what programming and activities could raise the bar on the health of our children over the next three to four years.

“The community needs assessment has illuminated opportunities to better the long-term health of our kids” says Brent Kopperson, Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre. “I am convinced that acting on our research will lead to a lasting legacy of healthier children for our community.”

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Join us for another Nature Play

Nature Play After School Program

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct 18th - Nov 24th, 2016

Windfall Ecology Centre (Sheppard's Bush Aurora)

Introducing the Healthy Kids Community Challenge's new Nature Play after school program! Running every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm – 5:30pm in Sheppard's Bush, Aurora. Starting on October 18th and just $50 for the whole 6 weeks!

We will explore the forest, engage in self-directed play and have messy mucky fun! For ages 6-12. Fully supervised outdoor all-weather fun!

For more information or to sign your child up contact healthy kids.

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Healthy Kids in the news

Water does Wonders! featured

Our Healthy Kids Water does Wonders! program was featured in the Aurora Banner. Water does Wonders! encourages kids to drink more water and less sugary drinks.

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Summer competition

Win a water gun, water experiments or a water basketball game!

We are happy to launch our next competition, Get Your Fill. To enter you have to be aged 12 and under and live in Aurora. To win you have to snap a selfie by a water fountain in Aurora. Post it to our Twitter or Facebook @FitKidsAurora and Hashtag #SlurpinH20. Entry deadline is August 25th 2016. Prizes include a Water Gun, Water Experiments and a Water Basketball Game!

Competition Poster

Healthy Kids in the news

Water does Wonders! featured

Our Healthy Kids Water does Wonders! program was featured in the Aurora Banner. Water does Wonders! encourages kids to drink more water and less sugary drinks.

Read the full story

More on Water does Wonders!

Meet our latest Ambassador

Charlotte is a mom of 2 that lives in Aurora. Over the past 6 months she has worked on a variety of Healthy Kids projects and has inspired us all here at Healthy Kids Aurora

Learn more

Community Needs Assessment

Aurora

As part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Aurora program, Windfall Ecology Centre undertook a comprehensive needs analysis for the Aurora Community to identify barriers and determine what programming and activities could raise the bar on the health of our children over the next three to four years.

“The community needs assessment has illuminated opportunities to better the long-term health of our kids” says Brent Kopperson, Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre. “I am convinced that acting on our research will lead to a lasting legacy of healthier children for our community.”

Download Community Needs Assessment

Join us for another Nature Play

Nature Play After School Program

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct 18th - Nov 24th, 2016

Windfall Ecology Centre (Sheppard's Bush Aurora)

Introducing the Healthy Kids Community Challenge's new Nature Play after school program! Running every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm – 5:30pm in Sheppard's Bush, Aurora. Starting on October 18th and just $50 for the whole 6 weeks!

We will explore the forest, engage in self-directed play and have messy mucky fun! For ages 6-12. Fully supervised outdoor all-weather fun!

For more information or to sign your child up contact healthy kids.

Poster

Summer Competition

Win a water gun, water experiments or a water basketball game!

We are happy to launch our next competition, Get Your Fill. To enter you have to be aged 12 and under and live in Aurora. To win you have to snap a selfie by a water fountain in Aurora. Post it to our Twitter or Facebook @FitKidsAurora and Hashtag #SlurpinH20. Entry deadline is August 25th 2016. Prizes include a Water Gun, Water Experiments and a Water Basketball Game!

Competition Poster

New theme! Water Does Wonders!

Aurora is launching the water does wonders campaign to encourage kids and families to drink water as a healthy alternative to sugar sweetened beverages. The following initiatives will promote water as an appealing and easy choice for kids and families:

  • Water conference for schools, after school clubs and organisations
  • Competitions
  • Updating and publication of BlueW water bottle refill app
  • and much much more....

The purpose of Water Does Wonders is to motivate kids to drink water when they are thirsty. Water is essential for good health. It is also a simple, convenient and low-cost option for quenching thirst.

Healthy Kids Pass

February 15 - July 15, 2016

AFLC & Stronach

Skate or swim for free 7 times if you are 12 and under and live in Aurora. See more on the Town's website below.

Healthy Kids Pass

Healthy Kids Aurora in the news

Get ready to Run. Jump. Play. Everyday!. Healthy Kids Community Challenge featured in the Auroran.

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Run. Jump. Play. Every day.

From tummy time to tag

Children of all ages need to be active

Lots of good things happen when our kids move more. Stronger muscles and bones. Greater focus and attention. Self-confidence. Better coordination.

Active kids are happier, they sleep better, and they do better in school.

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.

Benefits of active kids

Be a Healthy Kids Ambassador

Throughout the year we will be featuring someone from the community who serves as a great example for our children by keeping active and eating healthy. If you know somebody who would make a great Healthy Kids Ambassador — please submit their name for consideration.

Be an ambassador

How to get involved

All kinds of groups will be joining forces in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge — public health organizations, recreation centres, schools, businesses, community groups and parents.

Our goal: To create a community where it's easy for kids to be active and eat healthy.

You can help make this happen.

Get involved

Thanks for supporting us kids!

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