H.K.C.C. Water Does Wonders!

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Healthy Kids Community Challenge Oshawa logoOshawa is one of 45 communities in Ontario selected to participate in a 3-year program designed to improve the health of children aged 12 years and under.


Led by the City of Oshawa, a team of community partners are working together to implement local programs and activities that focus on physical activity and healthy eating. Currently, we are focusing on the theme of “Water Does Wonders!”.

Schools & Childcare Centres: Share your Water Journey/Diary

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Community childcare centres and local Oshawa elementary schools can post their journey's/diaries on our Stories tab. Be sure to post some pictures for bonus marks!


Families: Take the Pledge!

Families pledged to date: 151

Our Healthy Kids Family Pledge was from December 1, 2016 to January 7, 2017 (12:00 p.m. E.S.T.). Families who entered during this time were entered into a draw for a chance to win great prizes from local businesses.

Your family can challenge themselves by pledging to:

  1. Play everyday! Get 60 minutes a day.
  2. Drink up! Water Does Wonders! Choose water.
  3. Eat right! Choose veggies and fruit for snacks!
  4. Sleep tight! Get a good night's sleep every night.


For more information, facts, tips and Healthy Kids updates, follow activeOshawa on Facebook and Twitter and #HealthyKidsOSH and #HealthyKidsON or visit the Healthy Kids Oshawa webpage. Review the Pledge Terms and Conditions.



Healthy Kids Community Challenge Oshawa logoOshawa is one of 45 communities in Ontario selected to participate in a 3-year program designed to improve the health of children aged 12 years and under.


Led by the City of Oshawa, a team of community partners are working together to implement local programs and activities that focus on physical activity and healthy eating. Currently, we are focusing on the theme of “Water Does Wonders!”.

Schools & Childcare Centres: Share your Water Journey/Diary

We are experiencing some technical difficulties the site administrator has been notified, please bear with us.


Community childcare centres and local Oshawa elementary schools can post their journey's/diaries on our Stories tab. Be sure to post some pictures for bonus marks!


Families: Take the Pledge!

Families pledged to date: 151

Our Healthy Kids Family Pledge was from December 1, 2016 to January 7, 2017 (12:00 p.m. E.S.T.). Families who entered during this time were entered into a draw for a chance to win great prizes from local businesses.

Your family can challenge themselves by pledging to:

  1. Play everyday! Get 60 minutes a day.
  2. Drink up! Water Does Wonders! Choose water.
  3. Eat right! Choose veggies and fruit for snacks!
  4. Sleep tight! Get a good night's sleep every night.


For more information, facts, tips and Healthy Kids updates, follow activeOshawa on Facebook and Twitter and #HealthyKidsOSH and #HealthyKidsON or visit the Healthy Kids Oshawa webpage. Review the Pledge Terms and Conditions.


Time to tell Healthy Kids Oshawa what you have been doing! 

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Did you have an event to promote drinking water? Did you have a letter writing campaign? How about a Sugar Shocker display? We want to hear about it and see it!

Be sure to post your journey with some pictures for extra bonus marks!

If you are looking for the Community Workshop Journey or the Diary of a Water Does Wonders Leader evaluations, please visit: www.oshawa.ca/healthykids

Check back regularly to see what other leaders have posted and share your comments.

Deadline for submissions:

Community Facilities: February 1, 2017

Schools: February 1, 2017

Thank you!

Thanks for sharing your activities, events and pictures with us. Check back soon as your journey/diary will be posted here and shared with the community

Be sure to take the Healthy Kids Community Pledge for a chance to win great prizes!

Thank you again.

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  • Flavour is key

    by 1vs3, over 2 years ago

    Our family has 4 ways we use to increase water intake, not only for the kids, but for everyone.

    1. My son take a refillable water bottle to school every day. I use sugar-free flavor enhancer drops (ie. Mio, Dasani, etc) to make it more appealing to him. The refillable water bottles are also a size that's perfect for him (easy to grip and not too heavy), and in colours he loves.

    2. We also keep several (individual size) bottles of water in the fridge door at all times. This makes water quick and easy to grab anytime, even for... Continue reading

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  • Intriguing

    by guitarsgowild, over 2 years ago

    Water bottles look boring. Why can't the companies make one use water bottles a smaller size, interesting looking, and sell them in cases like the full size but not at expensive prices.

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  • Consumption Challenge

    by Ski Putz, over 2 years ago

    My five year old hates drinking water - HATES drinking water.

    I've tried several different ways to increase his intake - however, most recently I think I've finally found the perfect trick that works for his competitive personality!

    By simply placing a few star stickers on his water bottle, I've managed to challenge him to reach each sticker 'level' by three key times of his school day. The challenge is to consume enough water to reach the first star sticker by his first snack time, the second sticker by lunch time and the final sticker at the bottom of the... Continue reading

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  • Athletes and Still vs Sparkling

    by Lavmann, over 2 years ago

    With DS swim team we have visited many recreation/aquatic centres and the ones with water bottle filling stations help all of us (athlete and parent) stay hydrated.

    At home to change things up a little we bought a Soda Steam machine. We typically just add a little lemon to the water but we drink a lot of water. We weren't sure if we would use it initially so bought at the warehouse sale in December but the amount of use it gets has made the purchase worthwhile.

    At home I don't offer (read: never purchase) pop or juice so it... Continue reading

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  • Water story Fairy Glen Daycare - Seneca Trail

    by Fairy Glen _ Seneca Trail, over 2 years ago
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    The teachers all got together to plan activities for a full week all about water to spark all of the children's interest.

    On Monday, we started to talk about what we drink at home. We asked all the children what do they drink and what are their favorite drinks? We took all the numbers and created a graph that the children colored. We also introduced our family water challenge to the children, so they could take their lessons of how water is good for you home with them. The challenge was to drink only water and milk for one week.... Continue reading

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  • Thinking about water at St. Christopher

    by WhiteLisa, about 2 years ago

    In December, the "Water Does Wonders" leaders at St. Christopher Catholic School created posters with the grade 6 class to raise awareness of water and what it does for our bodies compared to other beverages students choose to drink at school. Students chose to place these posters in all areas of the school but especially around the water fountain areas. In January students are in the beginning stages of creating a presentation that will be presented to individual classes to raise awareness of just how much sugar is in the beverages that we drink on a regular basis with the... Continue reading

  • Bobby Orr Public School Rethink Your Drink Campaign

    by Valerie McCullough, about 2 years ago
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    In November, "The Waters Does Wonders" team leaders counted and then distributed the "Take the Challenge Oshawa" flyers to each classroom. Next, they conducted a survey to identify the types of drinks our student body was drinking over the lunch hour and displayed the results as a circle graph.

    They then ran an awareness campaign about the benefits of drinking water as a healthy alternative to surgary drinks. The campaign included creating an installation in the display cabinet in the school's front foyer showing various drinks and the number of cubes of sugar they contain, reading the Healthy Kids, "Did... Continue reading

  • Our Story - David Bouchard PS - Keep Calm and Chew On

    by tinaman, about 2 years ago

    In the month of November, the leadership team attended a parent evening at the school related to positive mental heath. They had parents guess the amount of sugar in each drink that was displayed. Parents filled out a ballot with their guesses and then ballots were drawn for prizes at the end of the evening. A family won a "watter bottle" prize pack.

    In December, our team went around to all primary and junior classrooms to talk about the sugar content in various drinks that are commonly in lunch boxes or seen around the school. Classes completed a worksheet related... Continue reading

  • What;s in your water at the Ontario Early Years?

    by YWCA OEYC, about 2 years ago

    In November, we displayed the Water Does Wonders Posters for the parents and caregivers to see. We wanted to introduce them to the water initiative and were present to answer any questions they may have. Our next step was displaying "What Flavour is your water?" on our bulletin board. It included a graph with four headings: mint, lemon, cucumber and berries. We encouraged the children to decorate water droplets which could be found in our creative area. Once the children decorated their water droplet we gave them some tape to place their water droplet in the column representing their favourite... Continue reading

  • What;s in your water at the Ontario Early Years? Photos

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