Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara

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“Niagara’s Challenge – Healthy Kids”

WEST LINCOLN, March 17, 2016 – In September 2014, the Government of Ontario announced that 45 communities across Ontario had been chosen to participate in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). Niagara, along with its 12 local area municipalities was selected as one of the 45 communities. Over a three year period, Niagara will receive up to $1.125 million from the Government of Ontario to implement their HKCC plan.

Daily physical activity is the first of three themes in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge program encourages children to participate in daily physical activity. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is a key component in the Ontario Government’s Healthy Kids Strategy – a cross-government initiative that aims to improve children’s health and well-being by focusing on a healthy start in life, healthy food and healthy active communities. Niagara’s Action Plan for Theme 1 – Run. Jump. Play. Every day. – has been approved by the Ministry and this includes the “West Lincoln Community Centre Playground Area Enhancement Project”.

The Township of West Lincoln will complete enhancements to the playground at the West Lincoln Community Centre. Funds will be used to plant trees, replace pea gravel with accessible mulch, install lighting and install West Lincoln Parks’ signage. The project will begin in spring 2016 and carry into the summer with a ribbon cutting event at completion.

For more information about Niagara’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge, visit healthykidsniagara.ca.

Contact Information

Russ Wilson
Niagara Healthy Kids Community Challenge Steering Committee Chair
General Manager, Community Gaming Development Corporation, Corporation of Fort Erie
905.871.1600 ext. 2540 
rwilson@forterie.on.ca
 
Judith Rudoler
Coordinator, Business Education Council of Niagara
905.684.7200 ext. 1715
 judith.rudoler@becniagara.ca
(The Business Education Council (bec) of Niagara is Local Project Manager of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Niagara.)
 
Wendy Beaty
Township of West Lincoln
Coordinator of Recreation Services
905.957.3346 ext. 4694
wbeaty@westlincoln.ca