A Vision for Our Region


The Champlain Declaration: A Call to Action for Physically Active & Healthy Eating Environments in Schools was signed in April 2009 by the Directors of Education of the nine school boards and Medical Officers of Health of the four public health units in the Champlain region, along with the Chair of the CCPN. The Declaration represents a commitment to working together to facilitate healthy school environments so that school-aged children (ages 4 to 18) in our region can be physically active and make healthy food choices on a daily basis.

Why the school setting?

Children spend approximately half of their waking hours at school. This makes for an ideal environment to establish and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors among children and youth which they can maintain throughout their life.

Research also tells us that…

“Active kids are fit to learn.”Active Healthy Kids Canada 2009 Report Card

“Well nourished children are more likely to be better prepared to learn, be active, and maintain their health as adults”Call to Action, March 2004, Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health School Nutrition Workgroup Steering Committee

“Kids who use active transportation to get to and from school can accumulate up to 45 more minutes daily of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity compared to kids who get to school via car, train or bus.” Active Healthy Kids Canada 2013 Report Card

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