Healthy Kids Community Challenge 

Healthy Kids Power Off And Play

Power Off and Play

Our community is one of 45 across Ontario proudly taking part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to promote children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating. The next theme, Power Off and Play, focuses on minimizing children's recreational and sedentary screen time to help children and families build a more balanced day.

"Screen time" is the time spent using a screen-based device, such as a smartphone, tablet, computer or television. Balancing this screen time, especially during snack, meal and bed times, can help promote healthier habits and contribute to better quality sleep for kids. It's all about powering off devices and playing more!

Celebrate Screen-Free Week April 30-May 6, 2018

As part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to Power Off and Play, we are excited to help promote Screen-Free week with a Power Off and Play Screen Free Photo Challenge! Please go to the City's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account to share your screen free photo under the #PowerOffandPlay. Let’s see how many photos we can collect!

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Here’s a list of suggestions for family fun screen-free activities to take part in:

  1. Play a board game
  2. Learn a new recipe
  3. Make a craft
  4. Read a book
  5. Do a puzzle
  6. Go to your neighbourhood park
  7. Go on a bike/ scooter ride
  8. Go for a hike
  9. Fly a kite
  10. Play hopscotch
  11. Draw with sidewalk chalk
  12. Find shapes in the clouds
  13. Put the music on and have a dance party
  14. Play catch or Frisbee
  15. Write a story of your very own
  16. Paint/ colour a picture
  17. Play cards
  18. Build a fort

Have fun!

Power Off and Play Fact Sheet

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Your Kid's Passport to Power Off and Play

This March, 20,000 elementary school children across the City of Brantford and the County of Brant will receive a Healthy Kids Community Challenge passport through their school. The passport is full of free offers for children and their families and free transportation to access all of the passport activities listed in their community.

In Brantford, this passport can be used for free rides on Brantford Transit for the Passport holder and their accompanying family from March 10th - March 25th, 2018. There are no limits on the number of rides. Just show your passport and make sure the driver knows who is coming onto the bus with you.

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Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit

Healthy Kids Community Challenge – Cooking Class Edition Video

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Healthy Kids Community Challenge – Grocery Store Edition Video

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Healthy Kids Choose to Boost Video

Thank you to our Community Partners

This community wide program would not be possible without the participation of our valued partners. The City and Brantford and County of Brant gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organizations.​

Community Sponsors

Our sincere thanks to each of the sponsors who have partnered with us on various Healthy Kids Community Challenge programs.

Aboriginal Health Centre, Boys and Girls Club, Brant County Health Unit, Brant County Library, Brant Family and Children’s Services, Brant Haldimand Catholic District School Board, Brantford Native Housing, Brantford Public Library, Grand Erie District School Board, Grand River Community Health Care Centre, Ontario Early Years Centre, YMCA of Brantford