Lead The Change Award

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.  

 

Collaborative Community Forum - Registration Open! 

We invite leaders from across sectors in the County of Middlesex to join us in this celebration and launch of Theme 4 - Power Off and Play! This theme is focused on encouraging children and families to reduce recreational and sedentary screen time and find alternatives ways to play!  The forum will feature key note speaker Rebecca Parlakian, child development and parenting expert from the internationally acclaimed organization, ZERO TO THREE.  

Click here to register. 

 

Lead the Change Award

Power Off and Play!  

We are now accepting applications for Lead the Change Awards & Power Off and Play! Award Packages.  These packages are open to County of Middlesex Elementary Schools, Child Cares and Nursery Schools only.  

The Lead the Change Award Package is designed to support agencies across the County of Middlesex, including schools, in helping children and families Power Off and Play! considering the following three ways:  

  1. Staying within recommended screen time limits
  2. Putting screens away during important times of day, including mealtime and bedtime 
  3. Replacing some screen time with other activities

Elementary Schools

The following items are included in the Lead the Change Award Package for schools.  

  • Funding (up to $800) to support increasing your school’s capacity in delivering food literacy, outdoor play, physical literacy or literacy initiatives.   
  • Indoor Recess Ideas Booklet  
  • Training for Youth Leaders and supporting equipment in support of the delivery Playground Activity Leaders in Schools Program. The value of each equipment bin is equal to upwards of $1000. 

More details on each of these components are outlines in the Elementary School Application Guide.

Child Cares and Nursery Schools 

The following items are included in the Lead the Change Award Package for child cares and nursery schools. 

  • Funding (up to $500) to support increasing your child care or nursery school's capacity in delivering food literacy, outdoor play, physical literacy or literacy initiatives.   
  • More details on each of these components are outlines in the Child Care & Nursery School Application Guide

 

Water Does Wonders

In June 2016, during Theme 2 of the Challenge, Water Does Wonders, we launched our Lead the Change Recognition Award. To be eligible for the award, agencies needed to consider ways they can create a healthier food environment.   A total of 24 environmental actions were proposed. Commitment to 3 mandatory actions and 2 additional actions of 8 proposed was required, all of which aimed to influence water consumption.   Community agencies could indicate support to additional environmental actions, while not mandatory.   Awarded sites also needed to be willing to support our Water Does Wonders Campaign promotions. 

Congratulations to the following agencies and thank you for your commitment to supporting Healthy Kids! To recognize these agencies for their efforts, they were awarded a Water Does Wonders Award Package. . This package includes one of the following aimed at increasing public access to water: Water Bottle Filling Station; Water Cooler; or large Insulated Water Jug and/or Water Dispenser. As well, they have received additional tools and resources to support promoting to children and families the importance of drinking water and limiting sugary drinks.

Schools

  • Adelaide W.G. MacDonald Public School, Adelaide-Metcalfe 
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Municipality of Thames Centre 
  • Oxbow Public School, Municipality of Middlesex Centre 
  • Wilberforce Public School, Township of Lucan-Biddulph
  • St. Patrick's Catholic School, Township of Lucan-Biddulph
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • St. David's Catholic School, Municipality of Thames Centre
  • St. Charles Catholic School, Municipality of South Middlesex
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, Municipality of North Middlesex
  • Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Caradoc North Public School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Strathroy Community Christian School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc

Community Agencies

  • Middlesex County Library
  • Optimist Club of Lucan, Township of Lucan-Biddulph
  • Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Ontario Early Years Centre, Strathroy Satellite, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Perth-Middlesex Ontario Early Years Centre, Ilderton Site, Municipality of Middlesex Centre

Municipalities

  • Village of Newbury
  • North Middlesex Parks & Recreation
  • Municipality of Middlesex Centre
  • Strathroy Parks & Recreation Department
  • Lucan Community Centre, Township of Lucan-Biddulph
  • Municipality of Southwest Middlesex

Child Care Centres

  • Little Lambs, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc

 

For more information on the success of the project in the County of Middlesex on influencing environmental-level change as well as education and behaviour of childrenn and parents/caregivers, click on Theme 2 HIghlights.  

 

Choose to Boost Veggies & Fruit

In April 2017, during Theme 3 of the Challenge, Choose to Boost Veggies & Fruit, we launched our 2nd round of the Lead the Change Recognition Award. To be eligible for the Theme 3 award, agencies needed to consider ways they can support children in eating more vegetables and fruit. A minimum of one environmental-level action needed to be considered.  Areas of environmenal-level change included: support to food literacy opportunities; support to gardening-based opportunities; changes to fundraising practices; changes to classroom celebration practices; and changes to practices regarding food as a reward.   Awarded sites also needed to be willing to support our Choose to Boost Veggies & Fruit Campaign promotions. 

Congratulations to the following agencies and thank you for your commitment to supporting Healthy Kids! To recognize these agencies for their efforts, they were awarded a Choose to Boost Veggies & Fruit Award Package. . This package included an Indoor Garden Tower to support garden-based food literacy opportunities for children, as well as additional tools and resources to support promoting veggies & fruit.  

Schools

  • Adelaide W.G. MacDonald Public School, Adelaide-Metcalfe 
  • Wilberforce Public School, Township of Lucan-Biddulph
  • St. Patrick's Catholic School, Township of Lucan-Biddulph
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • St. Charles Catholic School, Municipality of South Middlesex
  • Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Caradoc North Public School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Strathroy Community Christian School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Caradoc Public School, Municipality of Middlesex Centre 
  • Delware Public School, Municipality of Middlesex Centre 
  • North Meadows Public School, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Eckoe Central Public School, Municipality of South Middlesex 

Child Care Centres 

  • Little Lambs Daycare, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • St. Vincent de Paul YMCA Childcare, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Belvoir Co-operative Nursery School, Municipality of Middlesex Centre 
  • Ilderton Bizzy Bees Day Care Center, Municipality of Middlesex Centre 
  • Community Home Child Care-Middlesex Branch, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Simply Kids Child Centre, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc 
  • Mount Brydges Sonshine Daycare, Municipality of Middlesex Centre 

Community Agencies 

  • Middlesex County Library
  • Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Ontario Early Years Centre, Strathroy Satellite, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Perth-Middlesex Ontario Early Years Centre, Ilderton Site, Municipality of Middlesex Centre

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