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Free Parent and Child Swim

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 11:15AM -  1:00PM

Location: John Rhodes Community Centre - 260 Elizabeth St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 3H3, Canada


Sault Ste. Marie is one of 45 communities across Ontario taking part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge unites communities with a common goal: promoting children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating.  About every nine months, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will launch a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating; two protective factors associated with healthy weights in children. Communities will rally around the theme, and work with partners in many sectors developing programs, policies and initiatives that promote and enable healthy behaviours. The first theme is Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. This theme encourages physical activity through a mix of active play, sport, active transportation and structured activities.

Quick facts about Childhood overweight and obesity
·  Almost 30% of Ontario children and youth are overweight or obese
·  Childhood obesity is associated with an increased risk of chronic disease and premature death in adulthood
·  Children and youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to become obese adults. In one study, overweight 2-5 year olds were 4 times as likely to be overweight as adults
·  Adult obesity is associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, breast and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, gall bladder disease and osteoarthritis
·  Unhealthy weights can influence self-esteem, social inclusion and mental health in children and youth

This event is free!

The John Rhodes Community Centre Pool is an accessible, family fun facility open to all ages.

Facility Features

  • 25 metre – 8 lane pool
  • Ramp entrance into the main pool
  • Beach-front tot pool
  • Spectator viewing for approximately 400
  • Food and beverage concession areas
  • Family change rooms
  • An elevator