Run, Jump, Play, Every Day!

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Logo

This past May I had the opportunity to travel through Lambton County to Watford, Sarnia, Corunna, Mooretown, Sombra, Port Lambton, and Grand Bend to photograph the parks and facilities for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

What is the HKCC?

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is an initiative that promotes children’s health and well-being. The program focuses on “a healthy start in life, healthy food, and healthy active communities.” There are currently fourty-five communities in Ontario participating and the families within these communities are benefiting by learning skills for staying active and eating healthier, gaining support with making healthy choices, and are increasing their community involvement.

Their theme is Run, Jump, Play, Every Day! It is meant to encourage physical activity.

I worked with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Lambton Partners to create an Activity Journal.

Activity Journal

The Activity Journal is a passport to all the Lambton County parks and facilities. The idea is to encourage children and their families to go be active together in their communities and then track their progress in the Activity Journal.

Every one that participates and hands in their participation slip from the Activity Journal by August 17, 2016 gets a chance to win an Ontario Provincial Park Season Pass, Youth Mountain Bikes with helmets, and Fitbits.

Here’s a sneak peek inside the journal at just some of the many places you and your family can run, jump, and play:

Sarnia Norm Perry Park Soccer Field

Norm Perry Park Soccer Field in Sarnia

Port Lambton Splash Pad

Port Lambton Splash Pad

Watford BMX Bike Park Panorama

BMX Bike Park in Watford

Ipperwash Beach

Ipperwash Beach

Sarnia Cox Youth Centre Splashpad

Cox Youth Centre Splashpad in Sarnia

St Clair River Trail

St Clair River Trail

Watford Running Track at Sunrise

Running Track in Watford

Sombra Baseball Diamond

Baseball Diamond in Sombra

Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre

Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre

Grand Bend Rotary Trail

Grand Bend Rotary Trail

Mooretown Lighthouse

Mooretown Lighthouse

Watford Basketball Court

Basketball Court in Watford

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Lambton Partners

To learn more about the program you can visit

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About Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan, professional photographer of over fifteen years, has had the opportunity to shoot all over the globe--from capturing portraits in Vanuatu to shooting off rooftops in Maui to photographing products in Calgary. She now finds herself in Ontario photographing outdoor adventures and the active lifestyles of athletic individuals and athletes in competition & training. Julie has also worked with professional athletes such as Don Cherry, Darryl Sittler, and Roberto Alomar. When not behind the lens, Julie likes to unwind with a good book or spending time in the garden.

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