Healthy children and youth past initiatives
Raising Children website
Alberta Education led a cross-ministry group composed of representatives from Children and Youth Services, Health and Wellness, and Alberta Health Services to develop a life event section on the Programs and Services website called “Raising Children.”
- On April 1, 2010, the Raising Children website was launched. In 2016, it was removed.
The Raising Children website provided parents, families, and care providers with easy-to-use access to information to ensure young children in their care have the resources to achieve success, fulfillment and realize their potential.
More than $30 million in funding was announced September 28, 2006 for 7 new programs that were to help put children and youth on a path to lifelong health. These initiatives included a screening program to detect conditions in newborns, programs to promote healthy weights and an award for healthy school communities.
These initiatives, which were budgeted at $30.6 million over 3years, included:
- Pre-school Developmental Screening
- Newborn Metabolic Screening
- Healthy Weights Coordinators
- Child and Youth Nutrition Guidelines
- Health Weights Social Marketing Campaign
- Wellness Fund for Healthy School Communities
- Healthy School Communities Award
These initiatives supported the Alberta government's "Getting on With Better Health Care" package released in the summer of 2005.
Pre-school developmental screening
- $3 million per year over three years. The program was to fund at least 3 demonstration projects to encourage innovative approaches to screen, assess and provide intervention to preschool children with learning and developmental delays.
Newborn metabolic screening
- $1.67 million year one and $865,000 for each of the next 2 years for the newborn metabolic screening program to be expanded to screen for a total of 17 metabolic conditions in newborns, as well as cystic fibrosis.
Regional health promotion coordinators for healthy weights
- $2.7 million per year over three years. Funding was available to health regions for health promotion professionals to facilitate innovative community-based approaches to promote healthy weights for children and youth.
Child and youth nutrition guidelines
- $500,000. Guidelines were developed to help organizations and facilities offer healthy food choices for youth and children.
Healthy weights social marketing campaign
- $2 million per year over 3 years. Targeted strategies, initiatives and a campaign to increase awareness and positively influence healthy eating and active living behaviours among children and youth.
Wellness fund for Healthy School Communities
- $1 million per year. The program supported innovative initiatives that promoted healthy living in school communities.
- Note: The school Wellness Fund is still active and applications are found at http://www.wellnessfund.ualberta.ca
- An awards program was developed to recognize healthy living initiatives in school communities. $200,000 annually.