Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville is working with local organizations to encourage children and families to drink water
Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville is pleased to announce the installation of new water bottle filling stations in partnership with 23 charitable and non-profit organizations/groups across the region. This initiative is designed to engage communities around the second theme of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge: Water Does Wonders.
In support of the Water Does Wonders theme, which encourages kids and families to drink water as a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville introduced the Community Water Bottle Filling Station Initiative. Water Bottle Filling Stations provide access to fast, clean, hands-free water.
“We are thrilled to see so many Water Bottle Filling Stations being installed across our community”, says Joanne Desormeaux, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Facilitator in Leeds and Grenville. “Water is essential for good health and these stations will provide a simple, convenient, and low-cost option for children and families to quench their thirst,” says Desormeaux.
The following Water Bottle Filling Station recipients are promoting and educating their communities about the health benefits of drinking water and reducing sugar-sweetened beverages: Brockville Public Library, YMCA of Brockville and Area, Blockhouse Island (Kinsmen Club of Brockville),St. Francis Xavier Catholic School*, Lyn Public School*, Heritage Community Christian School*, St. Joseph Catholic School (Toledo)*, Town of Gananoque (Visitor Centre), Gananoque Secondary School*, Linklater Public School*, Municipality of North Grenville (Arena Lobby and Corridor), Holy Cross Catholic School*, North Grenville District High School*, Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (Community Hall/Public Library), Thousand Islands Elementary School*, Sweet’s Corners Public School*, Merrickville Public School*, Town of Prescott (Community Centre-Arena and Marina Building Lobby), South Grenville District High School*, Rideau District High School*, Rideau Vista Public School*.
*Water Bottle Filling Stations located in schools are for student and staff use only during regular school hours. Public who use school facilities for Community Use outside of regular school hours may access stations with required permissions.
Getting the whole community involved to positively influence health outcomes for children and families is at the foundation of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The Community Water Bottle Filling Station Initiative builds on this foundation and allows our community to create supportive environments for healthy living.
To learn more about the Community Water Bottle Filling Station Initiative, and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please visit www.healthykidslg.ca. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/healthykidslg/ and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/healthykidslg.
Leeds and Grenville is one of 45 communities across Ontario taking part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge unites communities with a common goal of promoting children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating. Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville Steering Committee membership includes regional partners in the health, education, recreation, private and non-profit sectors.