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Healthy Start is a bilingual initiative developed in Saskatchewan that increases healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in early learning environments.

Through a partnership of organisations led by the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Network for Health Services in French) with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthy Start is a new approach that engages directors, educators, cooks and parents, providing resources, training and ongoing support.


Our Vision:

Canadian early years children have healthy eating habits and are physically active every day.

Our Mission:

To encourage and enable educators and families to integrate physical activity and healthy eating in the daily lives of young children (0 to 5 years).

To learn more about how Healthy Start looks in a centre, check out the Steps to Healthy Start.

Guiding Principles:

  • That physical activity and healthy eating contribute to the foundation for healthy growth and development;
  • That young children are highly influenced by their social environment (families and their caregivers) and physical environment (care settings, indoor / outdoor space);
  • There is a shared responsibility with partners to develop policy, and build capacity for the long term sustainability of our vision;
  • The availability of quality accessible resources, tools, and training that support caregivers, families and reflect the needs of young children;
  • Decision and policy-making is based on evidence from research, and community and cultural experiences;
  • Knowledge development and exchange is integral to the success of this initiative, and we will share our accomplishments and learn from our partners’ experiences using proven knowledge exchange methods;
  • Our actions should reflect the needs of an inclusive and diverse community.


Early learning and childcare centres and prekindergarten programs across Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are participating!  Check out this map to watch the movement spread across the country!



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Official languages:

The Saskatchewan Network for Health Services in French (the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan) is committed to ensuring all information on this site is available in both French and English. However, users should be aware that some information from external sources is available only in the language in which it was created.

Improvements in physical literacy were obvious.

- Educator (SK)