Healthy Kids

Healthy kids, healthy communities

For more than 165 years, YMCAs have been at the centre of communities across Canada, helping people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities reach their potential. A charity dedicated to the health of individuals and communities, the YMCA is committed to nurturing the potential of children, teens and young adults, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility.

YMCA Healthy Kids Reports

The YMCA advocates for and supports the development of happy and healthy children.

Resources & Tips

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity recommended at every age and stage of life.

Need some easy and affordable tips to keep your kids healthy? Here are a few to get you started:

Visit the Healthy Kids Resources page in the Child Care section of our website for links and documents for parents and caregivers.

What We Do

The YMCA’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of Canadians, in spirit, mind and body. Being healthy means lots of things: growing up strong and active; making connections and developing positive relationships with others; and learning to make good, responsible decisions. The YMCA supports parents as they work to lay the foundations of life-long health for their children.

The YMCA's Health and Fitness programs help kids build a foundation for physical fitness that will last a lifetime by helping them get active and build confidence in a fun, safe setting. YMCA recreational sports help kids build their endurance, strength, coordination, and agility by playing fast-paced games with their friends.

YMCA Child Care gives kids a strong start to a healthy future by providing programs that encourage them to be active in body, mind, and spirit.

Through leadership and team building programs, YMCA Camps and Outdoor Education programs build community amongst a group and help participants develop resiliency, build confidence and create friendships.

YMCA Youth Programs are specifically designed to help youth achieve their goals, get back on track and live a healthy life.