Human Environments Avalysis Laboratory

Healthy Kids Community Challenge - Water Does Wonders

Water Does Wonders is the second theme in the series of The Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The focus of this project is on drinking more water and drinking fewer sugary beverages.

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) is a province-wide initiative funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) intended to create sustainable improvements for children and youth in three theme areas: healthy eating, healthy physical activity and healthy lifestyle for children and youth. The target age for this Provincial initiative is 12 years and under.

London is one of 45 municipalities receiving HKCC funding and will use the funds to enhance the impact of London's Child and Youth Network (CYN), whose goals and aims closely align with the objectives of HKCC. The funding will be used over the next 3 years to facilitate new, and enhance existing, projects/initiatives of the CYN that meet MOHLTC's eligibility criteria including addressing Ministry mandated themes which change every nine months.

The first theme (October 2015 - June 2016) - 'Run. Jump. Play. Every Day'.

The second theme (July 2016 - March 2017)

For further information about the HKCC Provincial initiative check out the link here

Dr. Jason Gilliland and his research team from Western University are studying how the implementation of water filling station in elementary schools and additional water education programs influence children's water consumption and knowledge.

The study involves students from grades 4 through 8 at participating elementary schools across London.

For further information about the City of London's HKCC initiative check out the link here.

The Community needs assessment is also available here.

For further information about the project contact:

Dr. Andrew Clark
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Project Coordinator
Email: aclark2[at]uwo.ca