Power Off and Play is the next phase of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which promotes powering off before sleep, during meal and snack time, and encourages physical activity, social interaction, and fun and educational activity choices for children. Balancing kid’s screen time can increase cognitive and communication skills in a child’s development. Screen Free … Continue reading Celebrate Screen Free Week with Power Off and Play Passports!
My biggest parental challenge is curbing my 12-year-old twin boys’ daily tablet, smartphone and electronic device play time. So when I recently discovered them sneaking their handheld gaming systems into the car for a short drive to soccer practice, I couldn’t help but wonder, are my kids addicted to their screens? According to an article … Continue reading Are Your Kids Addicted to Screens? 3 Ways to Reduce Their Use
Power Off & Read during March! Read for 100 minutes (20 minutes/5 sessions) with your family or on your own and receive a swim or skate pass. Passes are available until quantities last. Turn in your log sheet by March 31 to be included in a draw for 5 family of 4 rock climbing passes. … Continue reading Power Off and Read This March!
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is now focusing on its fourth theme, Power Off and Play! This theme encourages kids and families to build a balanced day by replacing screen time with more physical activity. It’s all about powering off devices and playing more. Why focus on screen time Research suggests that higher screen time … Continue reading Introducing Theme 4: Power Off and Play!
The Healthy Kids team launched the Choose to Boost Veggies & Fruits Passport Challenge at Michaëlle Jean Public School in Ajax on November 1. Students received their passports and learned about the importance of adding fruits and veggies to their diets every day! The Healthy Kids team will be delivering passports to all participating elementary schools … Continue reading Choose to Boost Veggies & Fruits Passport Challenge
Recipe for Reading Contest November 1 – 30 For families with children ages 3-10 After a busy fun-filled summer, Fall is the time to get back into healthy routines including family mealtime, stricter bedtimes and bedtime reading. The Library and Ontario Early Years have the perfect program to help your family bond while falling into … Continue reading Recipe for Reading Contest
Congratulations to Healthy Kids winners Liya (pictured) and Aaron! Their families took the Healthy Kids pledge at the Healthy Me, Healthy You event hosted by the Durham Health Department on September 16th. Check back for upcoming Healthy Kids events for your chance to win a bike!
On September 9, the Ajax Public Library (APL) hosted their second Pizza Garden party in partnership with Healthy Kids Ajax and PRYDE at St. Jude’s Daycare. 35 kids came out to the Village Branch to enjoy pizzas made with fresh herbs and veggies that had been harvested by the APL. Check back for upcoming Pizza … Continue reading Pizza Garden Party
Following the Big Sip at Applecroft Public School, the Healthy Kids team went across the road to St. Jude’s for an unexpected visit and loaded them up with prizes in recognition of their Healthy Kids bike rack being full to capacity for most of the past month! They were quite shocked and very appreciative. The … Continue reading St. Jude’s Surprise Swag Frenzy
Durham’s Child Nutrition Project (DCNP) hosted a Big Sip event at Applecroft Public School, Ajax on Thursday, June 15. DCNP, in conjunction with Healthy Kids Community Challenge Ajax ran a recipe contest among the Ajax elementary school students. Students had to submit healthy water recipes. The winner was Alex Broadworth from Applecroft Public School. Alex demonstrated … Continue reading Applecroft Public School “Big Sip” Winner