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Alfred-Plantagenet Healthy Kids Challenge continues of helping them develop healthy lifestyle habits even before they start walking. The HKCC program aims to curb the growing problem of obesity in Canada. and facilities, and a promotional campaign for healthy lifestyle activities and choices at both home and school.


thier choices to pop and other commercial drinks that may contain either large amounts of sugar or sugar substitutes, which contri- bute to obesity problems. The third phase of the program, which will be launched in 2017, focuses on day-to-day activities, encouraging children to cut back on the time they spend watching TV, surfing the Net on their home or school computers, texting away on their cell phones, and getting outside in the sunshine and fresh air to play with their friends and do real things, rather than staying inside and just playing in the virtual world.

Alfred-Plantagenet Township, with a little help from its friends, is going into action to help combat obesity and promote heal- thier, happier lifestyles for everyone, young and old. It all begins with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The township is one of 45 communities chosen as part of a pilot project for the Heal- thy Kids Community Challenge program (HKCC).The program’s focus is on children from infants to 12-year-olds, with the goal

«It’s all about focusing on the kids,» St- Denis said. «We are now at the action stage.» Since last November the HKCC project in the township has been focused on phase one of the action plan: promoting regular physical activity among children and youth through either daily exercise routines or sports and games. The emphasis here is on having fun and being active. Later this year, the program focus will shift to promoting water, juice, or milk as heal-

Ken St-Denis, township recreation direc- tor, reported «very good» with themunicipa- lity’s HKCC project since the community was selected for the pilot program.The township has partnership arrangements with local and regional health agencies, school districts, social service agencies, and various commu- nity and sports groups, and has beenworking on developing both a community action plan for sports and recreation programs

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