Healthy Kids Brantford-Brant

About Healthy Kids Brantford-Brant

Healthy Kids Brantford-Brant is a community initiative focused on promoting healthy behaviours and physical activity for children 0 to 14 years of age.

Since September 2015, this popular program has been organizing annual themes to encourage children and families to live a healthy lifestyle. The Healthy Kids project team works with over 200 community partner agencies and businesses to offer, and help implement, programming that promotes physical activity, healthier eating habits, less screen time use, and develops better confidence and improved self-esteem.

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Healthy Kids Celebrate Culture 

In celebration and acknowledgement of National Multiculturalism Day on Sunday, June 27, 2021, the City of Brantford’s Healthy Kids program, in collaboration with the Brantford Immigration Partnership, proudly launched the Brantford Celebrates Culture video that showcases diverse cultural traditions through a collection of photos and videos submitted from community members. 

Find ongoing activities and events to get your kids involved in celebrating culture in the Healthy Kids calendar.

Healthy Kids photo contest

Participate in the Healthy Kids Photo Contest by sharing your favourite family traditions throughout October, November, and December for the chance to win a $50.00 Walmart gift card. Please subscribe to this page to be notified when the next contest launches.

Family Holiday Traditions

Send in a photo of your family celebrating holiday traditions from December 6 to 24, 2021. 

Submit your photo

Contest rules and regulations

No purchase necessary. Contest open to the legal residents of Ontario. Entrants must be over the age of majority in the province of Ontario during the Contest Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Enter online at http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/contests (the “Contest Website”). One entry per person per day during the Contest Period. Entrants must include a photo capturing an image of a family holiday tradition along with their entry. Winners must correctly answer a time-limited skill testing question. Contest starts December 6, 2021 and ends December 24, 2021. Winners will be selected on December 28, 2021 in Brantford, Ontario. There is 1 Grand Prize consisting of a CAD $25.00 gift card to Walmart and a Healthy Kids swag bag. Grand Prize has an approximate value of CAD $50.00. Full Contest Rules can be found at the Contest Website.

Family Fall Traditions

Share your favourite family Fall tradition from October 15 to 31, 2021.

This contest is closed.

Traditional Family Recipes

Submit a photo of your favourite traditional family recipe from November 8 to 26, 2021.

This contest is closed.

Indigenous activities

Along with a few partners, Healthy Kids Brantford Brant has put together several Indigenous activities for you. In partnership with Brantford Regional Indigenous Support Centre (BRISC), learn how to practice the teachings of the Good Mind practiced by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) for generations. Additionally, in partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River, watch a video of how to make your own dreamcatcher, medicine pouch and bone and toggle.  Purchase what you need and make your own. Don't forget to share them on social media using the hashtags #CelebrateCulture.

Good Mind Indigenous practice

Long ago, the Peacemaker travelled the world bringing his message of peace. When he had united the people, he brought them together. They used a giant white pine tree as their symbol of peace and buried their weapons beneath it as a demonstration of their commitment to change.

The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) have been practicing the teachings of the Good Mind ever since the Peacemaker helped bury their arrows under the Tree of Peace. The concept of the Good Mind teaches us to be aware of our thoughts and our intent, resulting in more kind and loving thoughts.

The Haudenosaunee believe peace is a state of mind obtained through a strong connection to spirit. Elders taught that Good Mind practices cause your spirit to grow, known as Orenda. Good Minds have strong Orenda which leads to peace.

It is important to be mindful of your thoughts. If you are carrying anger, frustration, sadness, etc. your body, mind, and spirit carry the stress of this. 

How to practice Good Mind

  1. Take a moment, preferably, in nature. Take deep breaths. Calm your mind and relax your body.
  2. Notice what your thoughts are. Think about what is happening in your life, your worries and your happy thoughts.
  3. If anything is bothering you, visualize it and imagine it as a small object that you can place in or on a rock, stick, leaf or object of some kind.
  4. Dig a small hole that will fit your rock, stick, leaf, or object.
  5. Place the object in the hole.
  6. Cover the object with dirt and let it go.

This can also be done in the winter and the object does not have to be buried or covered in dirt. It can be dropped in moving water, or in winter, a snow ball can be thrown away. The importance is in letting go of the negativity. Also, using a natural object ensures that we are not littering or hurting the environment in any way.

Dreamcatcher Kit

In some Native American and First Nations cultures, a dreamcatcher is handmade with a woven net or web. It may also be decorated with sacred items such as certain feathers or beads. Traditionally, dreamcatchers are hung over a cradle or bed as protection.

Watch the video and learn how to make you own dream catcher. 

Medicine Pouch Kit

In traditional Native American medicine, the pouch or bundle is usually made out of leather and stitched with sinew or rawhide lace so that it could be worn or hung. They can also be made using cloth.

Watch the video to learn how to make your own medicine bag. 

Bone and Toggle Kit 

Bone and toggle or ring and pin, were indoor games for the Eastern Woodland Natives. The bone and toggle was made using a bone or sharp stick with a leather string usually made of deer hide. On the string were weights, bone or antler pieces and on the end was the target, usually a piece of leather with holes in it. The object of the game is to put the bone or stick through the holes of the leather piece. This hand game helps children develop hand-eye coordination and accuracy. 

Watch the video and learn how to make your own bone and toggle. 

Healthy Kids At Home

Are you a family looking for fun activities while you are staying safe at home? The City of Brantford and County of Brant have connected with our community partners to provide a diverse list of online classes and activities.

Whether you’re looking for fitness classes, art classes, access to books or online learning, there’s something for everyone. Get your friends or family involved to stay connected while staying inside. Visit our Healthy Kids at Home webpage.

Healthy Kids Passport 

Over 20 community partners in Brantford and the County of Brant are offering more than 30 free virtual activities for children. Some activities include a cooking class, museum tours, art classes, STEMOTICS and more. 

Parent survey

Parents, you can win one of ten $20.00 Walmart Gift Cards by completing our online parent survey.  The City of Brantford and the County of Brant in partnership with the Brant County Health Unit are conducting this survey to better understand the impacts of the Healthy Kids program.

Results of the survey will help inform future projects and activities for the Health Kids Brantford-Brant community.  If you are a parent and have a child or children 14 years of age or younger, we would appreciate you taking the time to complete the online survey. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.