Healthy Children Healthy Spaces is a collaborative of multi-sector community champions connecting children's health and well-being with the quality of natural and built spaces we create around them.



Our goal is to increase every child's opportunity for outdoor play and active transportation in communities across Ontario.

JOIN US to connect children in your community with quality natural and built environments. We're working together to build healthier communities where every child plays outside for at least 60 minutes every day.

THE ISSUE

Children are spending 90% of their time inside. Lower income neighbourhoods are linked to poorer health outcomes.

More than 90% of children are not active enough for healthy development.

Screen time averages between 5 and 7 hours per day.

Children's health and well-being is connected to where they live, learn and play.

Our goal is to increase every child's opportunity for outdoor play and active transportation in communities across Ontario.

THE RESEARCH

Access to nature and supportive built environments are determinants of health and well-being.

Existing and emerging research provides a direct correlation between access to nature, supportive built environments, the value of risky play, and active transportation to child health and well-being.

Our objective is to share the growing body of research and evidence to inform and inspire community-based action.

ENGAGE YOUR COMMUNITY

Starting in September 2014, we're connecting with 7 regions across Ontario, building evidence-based action plans through community development and training.

Build on your community's strengths, assets and multi-sector partnerships.

Contact us to host a workshop in your community.

We're hoping to engage 100 community builders in each region!

THE TOOLKIT

Our toolkit shares existing evidence, collaborative approaches, resources and best practices to integrate key evidence-based concepts into multi-sector community development:
• natural and built environments
• outdoor active play
• active transportation
• health equity
• risk benefits and risky play
• mental and physical health and well-being
• ecological model
• assets-based community development
• appreciative inquiry
• collective impact

It's All About Our Community Spaces

HCHS builds on existing networks, expertise, evidence and emerging research that connects children's health with the quality of natural and built spaces we create around them.