Hastings and Prince Edward Counties / October 2, 2017 – From October until December, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is promoting the Have a Ball Together campaign. Have a Ball Together is a web-based resource from the Best Start Resource Centre. It provides tools for parents and professionals who work with children to encourage physical activity for children under age six.
“Physical activity is critical for healthy child development and sets the stage for physical activity behaviour later in life,” says Vanessa Bergeron, Public Health Nurse. “The early years are considered the best time to develop physical literacy. Without it, children tend to withdraw from physical activity and gravitate towards more sedentary activities, which increase the risk of developing chronic disease later in life.”
Bergeron adds, “Whether at home, in childcare, at school, or in the community, we all have a role in getting kids active. With this campaign, we hope to encourage the use of this resource to help get kids moving!”
In addition to providing information about physical literacy, physical activity, and child development, the Have a Ball Together online resource provides practical tips to promote and encourage physical activity, and over 100 fun and creative ideas to use with children.
For more information, call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 610, visit haveaballtogether.ca, or visit www.hpepublichealth.ca.
Vanessa Bergeron, Public Health Nurse
613-966-5500 x 304