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Active Communities

Contact Timiskaming Health Unit to learn more about building healthy communities.

Share the Road: Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility!

Share the Road is a public safety campaign to increase motorists’ and bicyclists’ awareness of shared responsibility for road safety. 

The goals are to increase:

  •          Active transportation through education 
  •          Number of cyclists 
  •          Public recognition of cycling as a viable means of transportation  

Share the Road Signs are throughout Timiskaming   

These signs remind drivers to be aware of other road users — bicyclists and walkers — and to use caution when approaching them. 

Motorists, bicyclists and walkers all have to follow the rules of the road

Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding. Whether walking to the bus stop, or cycling to school or work, active transportation to a destination helps build activity into our daily lives and has many benefits to individuals and communities.                                                                                    

Bicycle Friendly Communities 

The Bicycle Friendly Community Award (BFC) Program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. 

Communities complete a thorough application and are judged in five categories often referred to as the Five ‘E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation & Planning. 

More information: Bicycle Friendly Community 

Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) is a project that aims to create communities where it’s easy for children to lead healthier lives. It focuses on healthy eating and physical activity, encouraging children age 0-12 years and their families to engage in healthy behaviours, and creating environments in which it’s easy to do so.

Healthy Kids Community focus area includes the City of Temiskaming Shores, Temagami, Latchford, Cobalt, Elk Lake, Earlton and smaller surrounding rural and unorganized areas in South Timiskaming. For more information, visit the HKCC City of Temiskaming Shores website.

 

      September 2017

HEALTHY FOOD AND BEVERAGES OPTIONS HAVE THE GOOD ENERGY FOR OUR KIDS TO BE ACTIVE

In April 2017, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge launched “Choose to boost veggies and fruit” to encourage kids and families to make vegetables and fruit a part of every meal and snack.  This is the third theme in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.  

We know that vegetables, fruit and water intake is essential to kids’ health and they give them the energy they need to run, jump and play. Although much of this behaviour starts at home, it is also important to support families in doing it outside of the house, in places like schools and recreation facilities where children spend much of their time.

In collaboration with the Timiskaming Health Unit and the City of Temiskaming Shores, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is aiming to increase healthy food options (focused on vegetables and fruit) available at two local arenas.  As part of this project, 141 arena users were surveyed on their food buying behaviours and preferences and about which healthy options they would most likely buy. Check the results of this survey in the infographic below!

A plan of action is being created based on these survey results to introduce the chosen new food options in the arenas in the fall. Watch for a familiar face that will be supporting and promoting these items at the Haileybury and Don Shepherdson Memorial Arenas.

 

Affordable Access to Recreation

The cost of some organized sports or physical activities–including transportation to and from these activities—can put these activities out of the reach of some families with low incomes. 

Affordable access to recreation policies support the idea that recreation, as well as its inherent benefits, should be accessible to everyone in a community.

KidSport and JumpStart are two programs that help remove some of the financial barriers to participating in sports. See more information on these programs here.

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