Sparked by a survey that identified obesity, poverty and mental health as the top three health priorities for Ontario’s children over the next 20 years, TakeTIME was launched in the Fall of 2010 in Uxbridge, Ontario.
The campaign was developed with the aim of creating an ideal community to support active healthy lifestyles for young children in the Township of Uxbridge. The Take TIME Ontario web site has been developed to provide you with all of the tools and information necessary to implement Take TIME in your town or city.
Take TIME for Your Child’s Health is a health promotion campaign for parents and caregivers of young children, up to 8 years of age. The campaign emphasizes the importance of TIME – Tobacco free, Injury free, Moving daily, Eating healthy. In addition, the campaign also educates parents and caregivers about ways to enhance the health of young children via easy changes to daily routines that require only a few minutes to complete.
The goal of the Take TIME campaign is to increase the proportion of young children who are Tobacco free (no passive exposure) and Injury free by 5%, and the proportion of children who are Moving daily (physically active) and Eating healthy by 10%.
Helping families achieve healthier lifestyles for children up to 8 years of age.
Determining Community NeedsTo Take TIME in your community, you’ll need to find out what the needs in your community are. What’s good? What needs work? What does the community want? Follow this link to learn more about how you can gather input from your community.
Project PlanningHow are you going to develop a campaign that addresses the feedback you received from your community? Learn more about planning your project based on this feedback.
Planning for Free Family FunDoes your TakeTIME action plan include providing Family Friendly activities in your community? If so, make sure to keep these important factors in mind.
Promoting TakeTIMEIn order for your community to Take TIME, they’re going to need to know where, what, and when it is! Promoting Take TIME will be an essential part of your campaign.
Partners and SponsorsSome of the most valuable assets your community can provide for your Take TIME project is sponsorship and partnership. Learn more about how you can get them on board!