Huron Hopes to Get Funding for Healthy Kids

February 19, 2014

Huron County, ON – Huron County is hoping to be one of the successful communities getting money to promote healthy lifestyles for kids.

The Huron County Health Unit is spearheading the application to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge on behalf of the County of Huron. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care released this new initiative that will provide up to $1.5 million each for 30 communities across the province. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is a community-led program where partners from different sectors work together to implement activities to promote healthy lifestyles for kids.

The focus will be on strategies targeting healthy eating, physical activity, and adequate sleep. The premise is that healthy kids become healthy adults, make healthy citizens, and healthy economies. The project recognizes that to be successful we need to not only target children but also families, schools, and the communities in which they live.

Amy MacDonald, Public Health Registered Dietitian, says, “This is an exciting opportunity where communities can work together to create change and promote the health of our kids. We will be working closely with municipalities and the county. Our application reflects our strong existing partnerships and rural roots. We are pleased have the support of our local politicians’, which is important for a strong application.”

The application must be submitted in early March.

If you have questions about this application or partner involvement, please call the Huron County Health at 519.482.3416 or 1.877.837.6143.

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Creating Healthy Communities Together…

Our media contact is: Barb Leavitt, Huron County Health Unit, 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143
Our spokesperson is: Amy MacDonald, Public Health Dietitian


For more information contact:

Susan Cronin, County Clerk
519.524.8394 (ext 3257)