Healthy Start in your community – winter 2016 edition!

The Healthy Start / Départ Santé (HSDS) team is always looking for ways to get involved in the health promotion movement – spreading healthy activities all across the province and beyond our borders! Did you know that Healthy Start has been implementing the initiative in New Brunswick as part of our overall evaluation study?

In the past two years, the HSDS New Brunswick team has implemented the project in collaboration with numerous partners including Active Kids / Jeunes actifs, NB Gymnastics and the Wellness Branch. Recently, seven childcare centres have participated in a Healthy Start training in the following communities: Bathurst, Petit-Roche, Black Harbour; Richibucto and Cap-Pelé. Thank you to Mathieu, Véronique and Émilie, students at the Université de Moncton, for their support in delivering the training sessions!

Back in Saskatchewan, Healthy Start assisted the SK in motion team at the SUMA conference in Regina with an impromptu Flash Mob! If you are in Saskatoon for the winter break, check out Family in motion Day on February 15th – there’s a great line-up of activities for families and children of all ages in and around Toon Town! Click here for more info. Healthy Start and partners will be hosting interactive LEAP™ (Literacy, Education, Activity, Play) games targeting young children; and MEND SK (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) will introduce active games for school age participants. Plus, don’t miss the dance party and a giant indoor snowball fight!

And finally, 11 francophone early years specialists from across Saskatchewan participated in a two day Healthy Start / Départ Santé train-the-trainer workshop at the end of January. Our 12th participant, Nathanael Patriquin, from Fredericton, returned to New Brunswick with loads of resources and ideas on how to continue to share HSDS in his province. Congratulations to these new partners!

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