To pledge to Bring Back Healthy Sideline Snacks, click on the appropriate link below:
For more information, read on!
What is the Bring Back Healthy Sideline Snack Challenge?
The Challenge is an initiative of the County of Middlesex Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The goal is to work with local youth sports teams in promoting healthy eating by supporting healthy sideline snacks and beverages.
Check out this video featuring a team who embraced the challenge to Bring Back Healthy Sideline Snacks in 2016!
Why the Challenge?
Children who play sports are more likely to eat sugary foods and drinks then children who do not play sports.
One of the factors is that team sideline snacks have become overrun with sugary and salty treats like cookies, granola bars, chips, cupcakes, Freezies, juice boxes and other sugary drinks. Gone are the days of providing orange and watermelon slices!
As well, many children in minor sports choose to drink sports drinks despite rarely this being necessary.
What is the benefit of the Challenge?
By giving junk food the boot and choosing veggies & fruit, coaches, parents and guardians are being positive role models for players. Vegetables, fruit and water give our kids the strength they need to run, jump and play. Well-nourished kids play better and longer, stay more alert and recover more quickly.
County of Middlesex sports teams can take the pledge to bring back healthy sideline snacks and lead the change in supporting healthy environments for players!
Click here for more information on the benefits of the Challenge.
Will my team support the change?
Feedback from the 2016 Challenge showed that children, parents, and guardians embraced the change!
- “I wasn't sure the parents or the kids would go for it, but I thought it was a good idea to try. They ALL went for it though!” – Coach
- “We had a very supportive team and everyone followed through with the healthy snacks...it actually was easier because in the past I found snack was becoming a competition with "who would bring the best snack" and the snack became bigger and less nutritious.” - Parent
- “It was a great program and I already know I will be contacting our soccer association and encouraging them to enforce a healthy snack for every team!” - Parent
Click here for the summary infographic from the 2016 Challenge.
Are there any incentives?
Teams that complete the pledge by May 12, 2017 will automatically be entered into our draw to win one of our prize packs containing a 5-gallon water jug and water bottles for each member of your team. As well as be eligible to be entered into the Grand Prize of $500 to support an end of the season team party or team equipment. All registered teams will be provided with information for parents including a snack card.
Associations/leagues have until April 21st, 2017 to Pledge their support of healthy sideline snacks & their chance to win $1000 towards sporting equipment.
Parents as well can pledge support & be eligible for a Family Sport Package, that includes a variety of equipment for indoor and outdoor games as well as a $50.00 Gift Card to Sport Chek - that can go towards soccer or baseball gear! Pledge before June 10th, 2017 to be eligible.
A challenge was put out to County of Middlesex coaches in May 2016. Congratulations to the following coaches for leading the change in bringing back healthy sideline snacks in 2016!
Sandy Glanville & Mark Campbell, Strathroy United FC, U4 Soccer
Kate Topping, Strathroy United FC, U5 Soccer
Alexis, Alicia & Megan Thompson, Strathroy United FC, U6 Soccer
Carol Balzer, Strathroy United FC, U5 Soccer
Lloyd Mailloux, Strathroy Soccer, U4 Soccer
Katie Eastman, Strathroy United FC, U6 Soccer
Katie Eastman and Jim Lee, Strathroy United FC, U4 Soccer
Ryan Ralph, West Middlesex Youth Soccer League, U9 Boys & U9 Girls
Julie & Eric Hundey, Lucan Soccer Association, U5, U7 & U9 Soccer
Carolyn Martin Haskett, Lucan Soccer Association, U5 Soccer
Blair Deakin, Ilderton Minor Soccer, U9 Soccer
Amy Szabo, Ilderton Minor Soccer, U8 Soccer
Laurie Lucas, Ilderton Minor Soccer, U8 soccer
Helpful Links & Resources
Click the appropriate link below to take the pledge!
Thank you for leading the change in support of Healthy Kids Middlesex!