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The Healthy Start initiative is a community-based partnership sponsored by the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan in collaboration with researchers and community leaders in Saskatchewan and in New Brunswick.

Reseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan

The Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan (RSFS)  is a provincial network which envisions the creation of a favourable environment in which Francophones in Saskatchewan are able to seek and receive health services in French. The RSFS is the sponsoring organization leading the Healthy Start project in Saskatchewan and in New Brunswick.

University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine and the College of Kinesiology and of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition all contribute important members of their faculties to our initiative.  The partnership with the University of Saskatchewan is key to the founding and the development of Healthy Start from its inception.

Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick

Located on the Université de Moncton campus, the CFMNB is a satellite site of the Université de Sherbrooke which allows maritime residents to pursue a francophone medical education within New Brunswick. Additionally, as a research centre the CFMNB engages doctors and other health professionals to take a more active role in health research. The CFMNB is currently in charge of managing and coordinating Healthy Start in New Brunswick.

University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is a post-secondary institution located in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick. Our continued collaboration with UNB focuses on refining our research measurement tools and approach, as well as further developing knowledge around physical activity and implementation of community health interventions.

Mouvement Acadien des Communautés en Santé du N-B

The Mouvement Acadien des Communautés en Santé du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. (MACS-NB) is a non-profit organization registered under the Company Law of New Brunswick. The MACS-NB is a community network promoting the Communautés en santé concept.

NB Association of Family Resource Centres

Thirteen Family Resource Centres, funded through the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), and Education & Early Childhood  Development (EECD) operate in New Brunswick . They are governed by community Board of Directors. The Centre’s programs cover the province through a network of more than 90 outreach sites, many in isolated rural areas.


MEND is a FREE healthy lifestyle program empowers families to adopt a healthier and fitter lifestyle through education and physical activity. The program helps children make healthier choices with the foods they eat and teaches them why it’s important to be more active. Programs are available for children 2-4 and 7-13 years of age.


The Saskatchewan Knowledge to Action Network for Early Childhood Development, commonly known as kidSKAN, is a provincial community of practice of researchers, practitioners and policy makers in academia, government and the community who have an interest in early childhood development in Saskatchewan. KidSKAN’s mandate is to facilitate stakeholder networking and knowledge sharing in early childhood development; to facilitate appropriate policy and practice change; and to facilitate new opportunities for collaborative research.

Early Childhood Care & Education New Brunswick

ECCENB was founded as a non-profit organisation aimed at giving a voice to those who believe in the necessity of providing quality child care and education services. This organisation serves as a key intermediary between childcare centres and the Healthy Start project team. ECCENB provides knowledge and expertise which support the adaptation of research techniques to the needs and realities of childcare settings.

Government of New Brunswick

Healthy Start could not have been possible in New Brunswick without the support of three provincial ministries: the Ministry of Healthy and Inclusive Communities, the Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Ministry of Health (Public Health). These ministries have been instrumental in facilitating the recruitment of early years centres and strengthening relationships between Healthy Start, childcare centres, and government officials and policy-makers.

New Brunswick Gymnastics Association

The New Brunswick Gymnastics Association is a not-for-profit provincial sport organization that is the governing body for artistic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling in the province of New Brunswick and is the creator of the Active Kids/Jeunes actifs program. Healthy Start has been privileged to work closely with the Executive Director of the NBGA, who has significantly contributed to knowledge around physical activity, fundamental movement patterns and on how to develop and offer effective trainings.

Active Kids

Active Kids/Jeunes actifs is a provincial program based in New Brunswick which aims to promote physical activity in the daily lives of children and their families. The program provides resources and training sessions for anyone involved in the care of children aged 0 to 5. Active Kids works in partnership with Healthy Start to ensure training sessions are appropriately adapted to the New Brunswick context, and facilitates the delivery of training sessions across the province. Financial contributions from Active Kids/Jeunes actifs also help to ensure Healthy Start early learning centres are supplied with top-notch resource materials.

Canada in motion

Canada in motion / en mouvement is a network of Canadian communities who have adopted the in motion physical activity health promotion strategy in partnership with the Saskatoon Health Region in motion.

Association des parents fransaskois

The Association des parents fransaskois (APF), Fransaskois Parent Association is committed to supporting, welcoming and helping French and bilingual families  in Saskatchewan.  Through its minority-language programming the APF contributes to the well-being of parents and their children in the Francophone community.

Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit

The Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) is a bi-university health research unit. Since it began in 1999, SPHERU has established itself as a leader in population health research – the study of social factors that affect the well-being of groups within a population.

Healthy Start should be part of the ECE training.

- Director (SK)