Information for Partners

Our dedicated local partners are the key to success for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Waterloo Region!

How to partner

Current partners




How to Partner

Depending on the sector you are in, you could have a huge influence on the policies, programs and environments, in which our children live, learn, eat and play. Partnership can involve receiving funds to help implement activities, as well as, contributing funds or in-kind donations of time or services.

If you would like to contribute to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please email

Current Partners

Between summer 2017 and spring 2018, there are a number of dedicated partners in our community that will receive funding through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and/or offer in-kind support to help make Theme Three a possibility! These partners are listed below.

  • Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association

  • Cambridge Farmers' Market

  • Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank

  • City of Waterloo

  • City of Cambridge

  • City of Kitchener

  • Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region

  • Edible Forest Heights Committee

  • FoodShare Toronto

  • Forest Heights Church

  • Forest Heights Community Association

  • Forest Heights Long-Term Care Centre

  • Grand River Food Forestry

  • Guelph Downtown Community Health Centre

  • House of Friendship

  • Idea Exchange

  • Kinbridge Community Association

  • Kitchener Farmers' Market

  • Langs Community Health Centre

  • Loblaws/Zehrs Grocery Stores

  • Meadow Acres Garden Centre

  • Mill-Courtland Neighbourhood Association

  • rare Charitable Research Reserve

  • REEP

  • Sandhills Public School

  • Seeds of Diversity

  • Steckle Heritage Farm

  • Township of North Dumfries

  • Township of Wellesley

  • Township of Wilmot

  • Township of Woolwich

  • Tree Mobile

  • Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association

  • Waterloo District Catholic School Board

  • Waterloo Region District School Board

  • Waterloo Region Housing

  • Waterloo Region Food Systems Roundtable

  • Wellesley Community Health Centre

  • Wilmot Family Resource Center


Active and Safe Routes to School

Supporting Physical Activity at School, Work, and Play

School Nutrition Resources

Active Transportation

Position Statement on Active, Outdoor Play  


Spring 2013: The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) released the report from the Healthy Kids Panel on childhood obesity entitled No Time To Wait, the Healthy Kids Strategy. This report outlined a plan to reduce childhood obesity by twenty per cent over the next five years.

Spring 2014: Region of Waterloo submitted a proposal, on behalf of the seven area municipalities, to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Submitting one proposal on behalf of all the communities in the Region created a unified, consistent voice with positive messaging, and built on existing partnerships and strengths.

Summer 2015: Region of Waterloo's proposal was one of 45 chosen from across Ontario to participate in the HKCC to address healthy weights in children. The Ministry of Health and Long-Tern Care committed to providing the Region of Waterloo a total amount of $1,125,000 over three years to fund the local Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Early Fall 2015: A Waterloo Region Healthy Kids Community Challenge governance structure was created in the form of a Steering Committee, with representation from all seven municipalities and each of the school boards, as well as, a Local Project Manager from Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services. A Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee was developed and approved.

Mid-Fall 2015 - Spring 2016: The first Healthy Kids Community Challenge theme was announced as "Run. Jump. Play. Every Day." Events and activities were planned across Waterloo Region to encourage physical activity among children and families through a mix of active play, active transportation, sports, and structured physical activity.

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017: The second Healthy Kids Community Challenge
theme, "Water Does Wonders", was launched. Events and activities were planned across Waterloo Region to encourage children and families to choose water, instead of sugar-sweetened drinks, to satisfy their thirst. To help children
and families access drinking water in the community, over 100 new hydration
stations were funded for recreation centres, child care centres, elementary
schools, neighbourhood associations, and various other community sites.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018: The third and current theme, "Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit", is now underway and will continue until spring of 2018. Through a variety of activities in Waterloo Region, Theme Three will encourage children and families to include vegetables or fruit in every meal and snack in order to get the nutrients they need to stay healthy.


For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, or for additional resources, contact: