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Getting started with…The Healthy Kids Strategy

HC Link | 2014

This short resource provides an overview of the Ontario’s Healthy Kids Strategy and highlights from HC Link’s three-part webinar series on the Strategy. It also offers a snapshot of related resources and supports from HC Link and other organizations.




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Working Together on the Healthy Kids Strategy Webinar Series

HC Link | 2014

Healthy Kids Strategy #1: Start All Kids on the Path to Health  

Healthy Kids Strategy #2: Change the Food Environment

Healthy Kids Strategy #3: Create Healthy Communities  


Community-based Strategies for Healthy Weight Promotion in Children & Youth

HC Link | 2013

A review of the quality of evidence supporting the use of four broad community-based strategies recommended to address childhood obesity: school-based interventions, community design and active transportation, industry and food system change, and promotion of breastfeeding. Sources of evidence include academic and grey literature from Canadian, US and European contexts.



Other Resources & Documents



ParticpACTION Report Card on Physical Activity

ParticipACTION | 2005-2016

The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.

The latest Report Card includes new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep – the first of their kind in the world and, for the first time, assigns a Sleep grade.

Archives include each year's full report card and highlight report since 2005, as well as supporting tools and resources.





No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy

The Healthy Kids Panel | 2013

In January 2012, the Ontario government convened the Healthy Kids Panel, a multi-sectoral panel of experts to recommend how we can keep more kids at healthy weights. This report presents the Panel’s assessment of the problem as well as recommendations for action. It outlines a comprehensive three-pronged strategy with a series of recommended strategies for how we can best promote the health and well-being of children and youth.





Obesity in Preconception and Pregnancy

Best Start Resource Centre | 2014

This report provides current information about the prevalence of, risk factors for, and implications of obesity in the preconception and perinatal periods in Ontario. Additional information is presented concerning approaches that have been effective in addressing obesity in the preconception and prenatal periods, although evidence-based practices are limited at this time and additional research is needed.


Healthy Children Forum: Applying Evidence to Local Action for Healthy Weights

Public Health Ontario | 2014

The forum provided an opportunity to hear from local, national, and international experts about programs and approaches to address childhood obesity. Presentations centred around five themes: Measuring and Monitoring, Food & Beverage Environment, Taking Action from the Start: The Early Years, Whole of Community Approaches, and Physical Activity Environment.

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Primary Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario | 2014

These best practice guidelines provide evidence-based practice, education, system, organization and policy recommendations for the primary prevention of obesity in infants, preschool, and elementary-school-aged children.



Addressing Obesity in Children & Youth: Evidence to Guide Action in Ontario

Public Health Ontario | 2013

 A comprehensive primer of scientific evidence and data that outlines:

  • Trends in risk factors, as well as strategies to measure/monitor obesity rates and risk factors;

  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent and treat overweight/obesity;

  • Healthy weight promotion and obesity prevention initiatives implemented by Ontario public health units and other jurisdictions.

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Understanding Partners Poster Series

Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) | 2013

This poster series provides base-level information as it relates to Schools, Public Health, Parents and Recreation Providers as partners in building healthy school communities and practical information for building effective relationships with each of these partners.




Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities: How You Can Make a Difference

Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) | 2013

An illustrated video to help a broad audience understand the role they can play in building healthy schools.





Active Living, Children & Youth – Factsheet

Healthy Canada by Design CLASP | 2012

This resource from the Planning for Healthy Community Fact Sheet Series provides Canadian planning practitioners and community stakeholders with a summary of Canadian research on child and youth-friendly healthy communities conducted between 2007 and 2011, and summarizes key “take home” points that emerged as common, overarching themes from the review.

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OCDPA's Evidence-Informed Messages

Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance | 2010

In consultation with external experts, OCDPA developed these messages to focus attention and promote collective action on chronic disease prevention issues and to improve the health of Ontarians. The evidence-informed messages address the following chronic disease risk factors: High-risk Alcohol Consumption, Physical Inactivity, Poor Mental Health, Tobacco Use Exposure and Unhealthy Eating.




It Takes A Village: Taking Action for Healthy Children

Best Start, HC Link & Ophea

A free, online course for service providers who want a better understanding of how to support the healthy growth and development of children. The focus is on healthy weights in children, in the context of healthy child development. It is designed for service providers who work with children aged 2 through 11, and/or their parents and offers practical information and implementation ideas for improving the health of kids.


Have a Ball Together!

Best Start

The website provides the tools to promote and encourage physical activity of young children. It is intended for anyone involved in caring for children up to 6 years old and offers a number of tools and resources to get children active through games, activities, learning, and play.


Active for Life


Active for Life is a Canadian not-for-profit social enterprise created to help parents give their children the right start in life through the development of physical literacy. THe website provides parents, educators and coaches with fun activities, engaging articles, and free resources to get kids active, healthy, and happy.