Healthy children and youth initiatives

 2010

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 new life event section on the Programs and Services website called “Raising Children.”

The Raising Children website will provide 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.

Website features include:

  • Client Segmentation – Information is organized based on particular client segment groups, such as “Children Like Mine,” “Parents Like Me” and “Resources for Professionals.”
  • Subject/Topic Organization – To simplify search and to direct users to relevant information faster, content is organized by subject area/topics such as “Child Care & Early Childhood Programs,” “Healthy Eating & Physical Activity,” “Behaviour & Parenting” and “Health Care & Safety.”
  • Google Map Search – Provides the ability to search for government programs and services by postal code or by selecting a specific regional area.
  • eSubscription – Allows users to subscribe to information updates specific to Raising Children. Alberta Education’s Communications Branch is leading the development of the eSubscription content.

2006–2008

More than $30 million in funding was announced September 28, 2006 for seven new programs that will help put children and youth on a path to lifelong health. These initiatives include a screening program to detect conditions in newborns, programs to promote healthy weights and an award for healthy school communities.

These initiatives, which are budgeted at $30.6 million over three years, include:

These initiatives support the Alberta government's "Getting on With Better Health Care" package released in the summer of 2005.

Screening

Pre-school developmental screening

$3 million per year over three years. The program will fund at least three 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 two years. As of April 1, 2007, the newborn metabolic screening program will be expanded to screen for a total of 17 metabolic conditions in newborns, as well as cystic fibrosis. Alberta will be the first province in Canada screening all newborns for cystic fibrosis.

Healthy weights

Regional health promotion coordinators for healthy weights

  • $2.7 million per year over three years. Funding will be 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 will be developed to help organizations and facilities offer healthy food choices for youth and children.

Healthy weights social marketing campaign

  • $2 million per year over three 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 will support innovative initiatives that promote healthy living in school communities.

Healthy School Communities award

An awards program has been developed to recognize healthy living initiatives in school communities. $200,000 annually.