» Our History

2006

  • The project was founded by a coalition of health, University and community partners to propose a new provincial early years healthy eating and physical activity strategy for Saskatchewan as part of the in motion program (formerly known as the Saskatoon Health Region).

2011-2012

  • Phase I: to pilot an initial bilingual population health intervention promoting increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in early learning settings. The initiative was called Healthy Start / Départ Santé and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Innovation Strategy Healthy Weights Program.

2013-2017

  • Phase II: an opportunity to conduct a generalized roll-out of the initiative in 250 early learning and childcare centres in Saskatchewan and an expansion in the province of New Brunswick, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Innovation Strategy Healthy Weights Program, as well as the Government of Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund.

2017-2020

  • Phase III: Scaling up Healthy Start / Départ Santé for long-term sustainability, with program enhancements like cultural adaptation, menu planning and physical literacy training; new components that include family programming and French and English online modules. Funding provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Innovation Strategy Healthy Weights Program and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund.

Improvements in physical literacy were obvious.

- Educator (SK)