Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Healthy Kids Community Challenge

A variety of community groups have come together to focus on making it easier for children and their families to be physicallHealthy Kidsy active and eat healthy.           We know that physical activity and healthy eating can improve physical health, mental health and overall wellbeing!          

But, we know that families have barriers to physical activity and healthy eating, that is where the Healthy Kids Community Challenge comes in.          

The Municipality of Grey Highlands, Township of Southgate, and Township of Chatsworth are working with local schools, public health, the community health centre, other community groups, private businesses, parents and youth to identify ways to remove barriers and promote opportunities for healthy living.

The community will be working together over the next 3 years to make it easier to raise healthy children.           You might see new policies or bylaws, changes to the physical environment, more social supports, or new and expanded healthy living programs. Although the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is coordinated by the Province of Ontario, our actions will reflect local needs.

There will be a new theme that our community will focus on about every nine months. 

Water Does Wonders – Theme 2

Water Does WondersSugar sweetened beverages are out and plain water is in! Keep an eye out for sugar displays and reusable green water bottles to make it easier for you and your family to rehydrate with water.

Find out about why this is important and collect some great resources:

SiteAssets/Sugar Infographic

Fact Sheet on “Water Does Wonders” - SiteAssets/Water Fact Sheet.pdf

Community Tools & Resources: -

Classroom Education Program: -

Healthy Eating Information:

Eat Right Ontario

Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. – Theme 1

The first theme was “Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.” to encourage physical activity. While we are now focussing on Theme 2 “Water Does Wonders,” many of the great initiatives from Theme 1 will continue!

Information on Physical Activity

CSEP Guidelines

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge



Recreation & Leisure Guide

Ever wonder where to find information on recreation & leisure opportunities in your community? So do other people.        
That’s why we’ve decide to try out a “Recreation & Leisure Guide.”  This guide will include programs and activities available to keep physically active and where to find subsidies in the municipalities of Chatsworth, Grey Highlands, & Southgate.

If you offer a recreation activity or program, please let us know and we will add you to our list.

After School Programs

Beginning in October 2016 after school programs will begin at three local elementary schools: Highpoint (Dundalk), Beavercrest (Markdale), and Holland-Chatsworth.

Programs will focus on fun activities to help young people meet physical activity guidelines, develop basic movement skills to help them participate in physical activity throughout life, and provide healthy snacks and information about healthy eating.

We Need Volunteers for this program, please let us know if you can help out!

For more information on any of these programs, call 519-986-2222 ext.6376


Families can borrow a bag full of supplies & ideas to be active together as a family – all in the spirit of building physical literacy skills & increasing physical activity. There are two types of kits, one for families with children 0-6 years old, and another kits for families of any age.           Kits can be borrowed from a variety of libraries, schools, and Ontario Early Years Centres.

For a current list of locations, contact 519-986-2222 ext.6376 or email


Free Public Skating

We heard from the community that this is something that is available in almost all of our small communities, so we should take advantage of it!           Check you with your local municipality for a list of days and times.

No Skates?           No Problem!

Let our staff help find you a pair of used skates. There is no cost, no forms, and all ages can access this program. Please call South East Grey Community Health Centre at 519-986-2222 ext. 6358.           If leaving a message, please let us know what sizes you need. There is also a limited supply of new helmets.

Have Skates to Donate

Donate your used skates to make sure everyone who would like skates can get a pair.          

Skate Donation Drop Off Locations from October - March:

  • Municipal offices in Hopeville, Markdale and Chatsworth
  • Arenas in Chatsworth, Keady, Desboro, Rocklyn, Markdale, Feversham, Flesherton, Dundalk
  • Grocery Stores: Markdale Foodland and Dundalk Foodland
  • South East Grey Community Health Centre: 55 Victoria Ave. Markdale

You can drop off skates, year round, to the South East Grey Community Health Centre.

If you don’t have skates to donate, but would like to help?           You can make a financial donation to the South East Grey Community Health Centre and we will use your donation to make sure families receive equipment for skating or other physical activities. Call us for more details 519-986-2222 ext.6358.

Community Needs Assessment

The Community Needs Assessment (CNA) was designed by the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care to collect background data on the community in which we live, learn, work and play.           This document is intended to assist our local Healthy Kids Community Challenge steering committee in developing partnerships, planning and delivering projects with the Theme-Based Action Plans.

The document includes demographic and health status data, current barriers, assets, initiatives and policies that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of children in our community. Much of this information already existed and was simply collected and summarized in this document.

Locally, this document was compiled by staff of Grey Bruce Health Unit & South East Grey Community Health Centre with input from a variety of community partners and feedback from a parent advisory.

Download the Community Needs Assessment Report

Want to help out with these exciting projects? Consider volunteering or partnering!

Volunteer opportunities will vary throughout the year, but might include helping out at special events, picking up skates at arenas or taking skates to get sharpened.

We are also looking for partnership opportunities. If you have an event or local opportunity that you would like to help us promote health kids and healthy communities let us know!

Find out more about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge:

Phone: 519-986-2222 ext. 6376   




A big thank you to all the Community Partners who are working together to make this project happen!

  • Municipality of Grey Highlands
  • Township of Southgate
  • Township of Chatsworth
  • Public Health
  • Dundalk Proton Community School
  • High Point Community School
  • Go Adventure Co.
  • Markdale Recreation Committee

Healthy Kids Community Challenge