Appetite to Play

Appetite to Play is a provincial initiative that supports early years providers (those that work in daycare centres, family based daycares , preschools, parent participation programs, or after school day cares)  to promote and encourage healthy eating and physical activity for children in the 0-5 years age group.

The initiative aims to build the capacity of early years providers to implement healthy eating and physical activity recommended practices in their settings. The key supports include:

  • An interactive website which includes healthy eating and physical activity self-assessment and planning tools, tips/ideas, recipes, games and activities that early years providers can use in their settings ( The website is updated with new content on a weekly basis.
  • In-person and online training opportunities so that early years providers can enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence in providing environments that support healthy eating/food literacy and physical activity/physical literacy.

In 2018, Appetite to Play was featured in The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Casebook Issue 2. You can read the article, Appetite to Play: Healthy eating and physical activity in the early years, and catch up on the entire second issue of the EDIM Casebook here.

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