Leeds and Grenville is one of 45 communities across Ontario taking part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). The Healthy Kids Community Challenge unites communities with a common goal of promoting children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating.

Approximately every nine months, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care launches a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating. Communities rally around the theme, and work with partners in many sectors to develop programs, policies and initiatives that promote and enable healthy behaviours. The last theme builds upon the previous themes and focuses on limiting children’s recreational screen time (time spent watching or playing on devices with screens that include TV, tablets, phones, computers) and sedentary screen time (low energy behaviour like prolonged sitting or lounging in transit, at home, school or at leisure).

Over the next several months, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville will be working to encourage kids and families to build a balanced day that limits screen time. The Power Off and Play! theme encourages kids and families to stay within the recommended screen times; putting screens away during important times of the day (sleep and meal times) and replacing screen time with other activities.

Now, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is excited to announce the Power Off and Play! Community Initiative! Funds will be awarded to organizations/groups (e.g., schools, libraries, community groups, municipalities, etc.) throughout Leeds and Grenville for innovative projects and ideas that promote the reduction of recreational and sedentary screen time in children 0 to 12 years of age by powering off devices and playing more. A one-time funding of up to $5000 per applicant is available. Initiatives may enhance an already existing initiative or support a new one.

The deadline to apply for funding is March 2, and if you’d like to learn more or apply for funding, please visit www.healthykidslg.ca.

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