Healthy Start for Active Kids Workshops – New Brunswick

Only Available in New Brunswick

Healthy Start for Active Kids is a partnership developed in New Brunswick and delivered since 2017. This innovative program uses the  Healthy Start content developed with various partners in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick with additions from the Active Kids program. The goal is to offer engaging face to face workshops in New Brunswick to increase opportunities for young children and adults to engage in quality physical activity as well as healthy eating experiences and is open to all individuals and organizations working with young children and families in New Brunswick.

Workshops are available through Physical Literacy New Brunswick, which offers a variety of professional development workshops for educators and practitioners. Training is available by community facilitators who provide workshops throughout the province. Workshops can be delivered at your daycare center, family resource center or school upon request.

Active Kids Toolkit

The Active Kids Toolkit provides high quality equipment to enhance the physical activity experiences of young children. The  items in the kit can be used with the Active Kids Resource provided at the workshop to do the activities with children 0-6 years of age.


A Healthy Start for Active Kids training workshop gives you everything you need to increase physical activity and healthy eating within your early years program: information and ideas, tools and resources to keep, hands-on activities, and time for discussions and planning with your team.

During the Healthy Start for Active Kids training, you will learn:

  • About the importance of healthy eating and physical activity;
  • How to easily incorporate active play and healthy eating into the daily routine of early years children;
  • How to use and have fun with your new Healthy Start resources; and
  • How to address challenges to healthy eating or physical activity in your early years program.

After the training, you will be fully equipped and ready to work with the Healthy Start approach. We will provide you with these useful resources, free of charge:

A Healthy Start for Active Kids training workshop is 6 hours long and is typically held on a Saturday. As an alternative, two 3-hour workshop sessions can be scheduled, i.e. on two weeknights after the childcare centre is closed.

Healthy Start training workshops are offered in-person in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, where trainers are available to offer the workshop at your location. Regional trainings are also held for multiple groups.


A booster session is a 1-2 hour follow up to the initial Healthy Start training. The session will build your knowledge of some of the key concepts around healthy eating and active play that were covered in the 6-hour training. It is also a chance to discuss how Healthy Start for Active Kids is working in your early learning program and troubleshoot any issues staff may be facing. After the booster session we hope you will feel reenergized and inspired to keep improving nutrition and physical activity for the children in your care! A Healthy Start coordinator will connect with you to schedule a booster session.


Refresher trainings are offered to groups that have taken part in the 10-month Healthy Start program but find that after a period of time the activities and resources are not being used to their full potential. A refresher training would be a good fit for a childcare centre where the program has not been embraced by staff, or where there is a large group of new staff who were not at the initial Healthy Start training.

Contact Kristen O'Brien, NB Healhty Start Coordinator and Physical literacy consultant at [email protected]  for more information or to schedule an in person workshop.

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