How Can You Lead The Change ?

In order to make a difference in the health and well-being of Middlesex County children, we need to work collectively to help make the healthy choice the easy choice in our community. Healthier children start with healthier environments.  We invite you to help Lead the Change! 

Lead the Change Video 

This video showcases stories of leaders across the County of Middlesex who have ‘led the change’ in their respective agency by changing organizational practices to support the healthy choice as the easy choice.  You can visit the Gallery to see the short-clip versions as well.  

Lead the Change Agency Stories

The following short stories are courtesy of our Healthy Kids Community Challenge Lead the Change Recognition Award Recipients, officially launched October 2016! 

Ailsa Craig Branch, Middlesex County Library 

Thank you to Anne Vandenbogaard, Ailsa Craig Branch, Middlesex County Library, for her Lead the Change story! 

Sweets are a thing of the past for treats and prizes at the Ailsa Craig Library. We are eager to be role models for all, and most notably the children in our community. We have water available for any program that drinks are served at. When a more substantial treat is called for we serve healthy choices.

For example, for our end of Summer Wrap Up party we provided cold refreshing water and veggie sticks in cups – already portioned for the kids.  Also at our Customer Service Week – we thought we’d treat everyone and had a bowl of fresh, local apples out. We have also cut out the treats at our adult book club and stick with water or tea and occasionally fresh fruit.

I must say the feedback has been very positive and encouraging.  As much as we can, we take the time to explain and discuss this new healthier attitude and encourage them to visit!

As well, we incorporate healthy eating and physical activities into any of our programming – such as story times, PA Day Programs and Family Fun Days.  

Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to supporting #healthykidson  


Sacred Heart Catholic School, London District Catholic School Board 

Recently, Sacred Heart installed a Water Bottle Filling Station to help increase access to tap water and support efforts in encouraging children to pack a refillable water bottle in their school lunch. We look forward to working with the school community on further promoting Water Does Wonders! 

Sacred Heart as well has supported their students in active play with the naturalization of part of their school grounds. The children love their new space! 

Evidence shows that naturalized school grounds support children in moving in ways that promote physical, social and cognitive health benefits and support children in playing actively for longer periods of time! These are just some of the benefits. You can read more on the benefits of naturalized play areas by clicking on the following link:


Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to supporting #healthykidson!


Little Lambs, Child Care, Strathroy

Thank you to Cristina Gillan, Executive Director, Little Lambs Child Care for her Agency story. 

Cristina went down to the preschool room one morning and the staff and children had started to create a water area along with inspiring water messages. The children offered their insight into what water does for them! "I am super excited that the staff took it upon themselves to go above and beyond" says Cristina.  

As well, these lovely ladies dressed up as fruit in celebration of Halloween and in the spirit of healthy choices! Now that is role modelling!

Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to supporting #healthykidson!




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