Huron County Chosen for New Healthy Kids Challenge

September 17, 2014

Huron County, ON – The County of Huron is one of 45 Ontario communities selected for the province’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

The initiative focuses on healthy lifestyles for children and youth, especially healthy eating, physical activity and adequate sleep. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will provide funding, training and other resources over the next four years for community programs and activities in the county.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our communities to work together to create change and promote health among our youth,” says Joe Steffler, Warden of the County of Huron. “Our success in this grant application reflects Huron County’s strong existing partnerships and our unique rural culture.”

“Healthy kids become healthy adults,” says Bonnie Baynham, the Project Manager for the initiative with the Huron County Health Unit. “This project recognizes that to be successful we need to support not just children but also families, schools and the communities in which they live.”

The proposal was submitted in March and included 52 letters of support from politicians, recreation providers, and various community groups. Baynham says there will be many opportunities for communities to get involved as project planning gets underway over the next several months. If you have questions about this project or partner involvement, please call the Huron County Health Unit at 519.482.3416 or 1.877.837.6143.

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Our media contact is:
Rita Marshall, Communications Coordinator, Huron County Health Unit, 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143

Our spokespeople are:
Bonnie Baynham, Project Manager, Healthy Kids Community Challenge
Joe Steffler, Warden of the County of Huron



For more information contact:

Susan Cronin, County Clerk
519.524.8394 (ext 3257)