KidActive is honoured to be a recipient of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) 2015 Healthy Kids Award for Health Advocacy and Public Education.
CHEO established its Healthy Kids Award program in 2010 with the goal of promoting the well-being of children and youth. The hospital aims to empower families and community organizations to improve service, work together and support healthy environments where children and youth can realize their full potential.
CHEO’s president and CEO Alex Munter was joined by Ottawa City Councillor Jody Mitic and Erin Crowe, Chair of the CHEO Board of Trustees, as he presented the awards on Wednesday, March 26 in Ottawa.
Munter recognized the outstanding work represented by this year’s recipients. “Today’s award winners are helping to ensure children and youth can be their healthiest now as well over the course of their entire lives. They are also truly inspiring in their mission to be as inclusive as possible of people with special needs. I offer them congratulations, my sincerest gratitude, and hope they each will continue with their outstanding work.”
Founded in 2008, KidActive works to support every child’s access to healthy development, healthier communities and stronger connections to the natural environment. Its programs, resources and policy work are designed to improve opportunities for increased outdoor active play, learning outside and active transportation. Last year, KidActive worked with over 2000 children and youth and 27 communities throughout Renfrew County and across Ontario, with the goal to build healthier communities where children play, live and learn outside for at least 60 to 90 minutes each day.
“We know children need a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity for healthy development. We also know that children are more active—and mentally and physically healthier and happier—when they play and learn outside in natural spaces,” says Shawna Babcock, KidActive’s Executive Director.
“It is an honour to receive this award from CHEO and to be supported in the work that we are doing with communities, schools, municipalities, educators and community champions across all sectors. We would like to thank CHEO for recognizing the hard work being done in our communities to keep children and youth healthy, and out of the hospital,” adds Babcock.