Hundreds of Apsley Students Make Water Their Drink of Choice
Written by admin, May 12, 2017
May 11, 2017 – Healthy Kids Community Challenge Wraps Up “Water Does Wonders” Campaign at Apsley Public School
Today, every student at Apsley Public School took home a complimentary reusable water bottle to celebrate the “Water Does Wonders” campaign, thanks to the support of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC), Peterborough.
“The County is so proud to be a part of the amazing and important work of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge team,” said Joe Taylor, Warden of Peterborough County who attended today’s school assembly. “Our most precious resource is our children! We need to help to educate and empower them to make smart, healthy and active lifestyle choices – with simple things like drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables and getting outside to play! We have such an amazing region full of active lifestyle choices and farmers markets and stores selling locally grown fruits and vegetables. I encourage everyone, young and old to participate in this important initiative and get out and enjoy Peterborough County.”
The “Water Does Wonders” campaign started in July 2016 and ended in March 2017 with the goal to promote water as the healthiest drink for kids.
This campaign involved making water more available in key settings such as recreation facilities. The Township of North Kawartha partnered with the HKCC to install water filling stations at the North Kawartha Community Centre and the Wilson Park Community Centre. The Township of North Kawartha also requested water bottles for the children in their community and decided to distribute the bottles to the entire public school student body.
In February, 17 local elementary schools took part in different water month activities. Most elementary schools in the region have received water resource packs to assist in the support of student health and wellbeing. Both Apsley Public School and St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School will receive a school set of water bottles.
HKCC encourages all families and organizations to visit www.waterdoeswonders.ca for more information and to consider “Taking the Pledge”. Stay connected with HKCC to learn about upcoming opportunities that are part of the third theme: “Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit” which runs from April 2017 to December 2017. The goal of this theme is to promote and support kids in our region to eat more vegetables and fruit, and try to include one in every meal and snack.
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is a community program where partners from different sectors work together to organize activities that promote and support healthy behaviours for children, including healthy eating and physical activity.
For further information, please contact:
Deanna Moher, MPH
Healthy Kids Community Challenge Project Coordinator
705-743-1000, ext. 355