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It all began in 2006…

Through a common interest in promoting healthy active children in Saskatchewan, a partnership of organizations and individuals was created.  The main goal was to develop or expand on an early years program meant to complement the in motion suite of health promotion programs.  The Saskatoon Health Region’s (SHR) in motion team, the University of Saskatchewan and various community partners including the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchwan (Saskatchewan Network for Health Services in French), developed a comprehensive early years physical activity and healthy eating strategy for Saskatchewan.

Since then, the initiative has developed and expanded.  Here are some highlights from the past few years that have led us to where we are today:

2007…

Key health promotion stakeholders organize an early years forum in Saskatoon and invite Dr. Vivienne Temple from the University of Victoria to present LEAPTM (Literacy Education Activity Play), an early years physical activity, healthy eating and literacy resource from British Columbia. This forum sparks the interest of many key players in Saskatchewan to expand the early years strategy on physical activity and healthy eating.

2008…

A Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Early Years Committee holds a three-day LEAP “Train the Trainer” session for provincial early years educators and consultants.  LEAP trainings can now be offered across Saskatchewan.

2010…

The Association des parents Fransaskois (Fransaskois Parents’ Association) and the West and North Francophone Early Years Network collaborate on the translation and adaptation of the LEAP resources.  Francophone parent associations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Territories can now incorporate the LEAP/GRANDIR resources in early years health promotion programs and strategies.

2011…

The Saskatchewan-based partnership for the provincial “Early Years Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Strategy” undertakes urban and rural pilot projects using the LEAP/GRANDIR resources in both French and English childcare centres in Saskatchewan.  They receive funding from the Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund, Physical Activity Grant. These pilots show insight into the barriers and facilitators to physical activity and healthy eating in childcare centres.  The partners renew their resolve in continuing to advance the promotion of healthy, active early years children in Saskatchewan.

2012…

Healthy Start / Départ Santé is born!  This bilingual initiative stemmed from an expanded partnership of committed individuals and organizations from Saskatchewan, based on results from the 2011 “Early Years Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Strategy” with the objective to enhance the health of young children 0 to 5 years through daily physical activity and healthy eating.  The Healthy Start Phase I pilot was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Innovation Strategy (IS) for Achieving Healthy Weights in Canadian Communities. It expanded on the urban pilot project and developed a Healthy Start Guide for implementing the initiative.

2013…

Phase II of the Healthy Start project commences – building upon the work of the Phase I pilot.  The Public Health Agency of Canada provides funding for the full implementation and evaluation, as well as the sharing of knowledge and what is learned from the expanded implementation of Healthy Start.  Therefore, over the next four years, Healthy Start will continue to expand its important work throughout Saskatchewan, and will include a pilot in childcare centres in New Brunswick.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed the funding of a total of eleven initiatives under the Innovation Strategy program. The Innovation Strategy links evidence and action to address the underlying causes of complex population health issues in diverse communities across Canada by supporting and rigorously evaluating innovative and evidence-based population health interventions.

The Healthy Start project partners are extremely proud to be part of this unique Canadian opportunity! 

We cook with the kids more now, they really enjoy it!

- Educator (SK)

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