The 60 Minute Kids Club

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A physical literacy & activation program aimed at creating healthy habits for kids aged 5-11yrs, through engagement, accountability, incentives and follow up.

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About You

First Name

Gillian

Last Name

Thody

About Your Organization

Organization Name

The 60 Minute Kids Club

Organization Website

Organization Country

Canada, BC, Vancouver

Country where this solution is creating social impact

Canada, BC

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan.

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation

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Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

The Need: Describe the need for your solution and the size and characteristics of the community(ies) your solution is engaging

We have a very noticeable problem. We need to change the direction of our kids’ futures. Away from increasing obesity, chronic health conditions, and shorter life spans.There are a multitude of fitness and diet programs that are not working. We need to make exercise fun, interesting, exciting, and a habit. The 60 Minute Kids Club Challenge has been implemented in over 38 schools in BC & ON, and is a national campaign, engaging families, and is supported through the schools.
A campaign without compliance is not an option. Leading a healthy lifestyle can no longer be optional. We are moving beyond the educational campaigns (what & why) into an activation campaign (what, why & HOW)

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

The 60MKC is a physical literacy and activation program aimed at creating healthy habits for elementary school aged kids, kindergarten to Grade 6, across Canada. We run 3 60 day challenged from Sept-June, to promote and instill healthy and active lifestyles amongst kids. Through our online tracking and reporting web platform we provide incentives, accountability and follow up to create the ultimate turn key program for preventative health. This program involves all levels of society, families, the kids, teachers/schools and the community. The 60 Minute Kids Club positively instills and influences healthy lifestyle behaviors while being fun and interesting.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include the primary activities involved in your solution.

Our solution involves tracking 8 essential lifestyle factors for 60 days, 3 times a year; 60 minutes of activity per day, sleep, hydration, reading, decreasing screen time (video games & TV), fruits and vegetables, decreasing sugary food and drinks by eating 5 healthy meals each day, positive thoughts/anti bullying, and breakfast. We provide a complete tool kit to address the "how" in making healthy habits last, versus simply saying what the problem is and why.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others working to address the same needs as you and indicate what sets you apart from them.

Childhood obesity tends to receive reactionary measures. We are providing a proactive solution, the "HOW" by pairing curriculum, tracking and reporting, and a grand final event. This type of engagement, accountability, incentives and follow up create the ultimate TURN KEY program. There is no cost to the participants, no added workload to teachers, is designed to be an initiative that starts at home and reinforced through the schools with defined start & end dates. We have multiple incentives for kids to participate, short and long term, that include relevant prizes to support them in their quest to stay active every day. A key aspect of our program is the accountability. Through a safe on line tracking tool we are able to provide consistent follow up with teachers, students & parents.

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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.

Having coached youth sports at the community level for over a decade, and being asked by parents if we could ‘speak to their kids’ it became clear that physical literacy in young age groups lacked attention and an effective method of delivery. First we spoke about the benefits of active living to elementary schools, followed by a 60 day challenge to be active 60 minutes per day. The response from the kids and their desire to ‘have more knowledge’ was unbelievable. A teacher contacted us asking to provide more compliance around our program. We thought of how to provide the appropriate amount of incentive, accountability and follow up for our pilot phase of the program. The aha moment for us, came when we were awarding the grand prize to a small school in Mission BC. The expression on the faces of each of the kids when they became the ‘most active’ school in Canada gave us goose bumps. It was at that moment, we knew this program mattered to the kids, teachers, parents and community.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

To provide a national preventative health campaign, for all elementary schools in Canada, which provides engagement, incentive, accountability, and follow up.
2012/2013: Inclusion in Ministry of Educations endorsed programs
2014-2016: All public elementary schools and all independent schools, to raise awareness and change our culture and engage all members of society (business and human.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

National Summary: 71% engagement level across both markets;
Ontario had a 70% participation rate: 4,078 students participating, 2,803 of those were actively using the online portal.
British Columbia had 65% participation rate: 2,211 students participating, and 1,441 of those were actively using the online portal.
Total Points from Ontario schools: 1,950,532
• Total Points from British Columbia schools: 923,053
• Number of students participating in Canada: 6,269
• Students across Canada, active on the online portal: 4,444
2012 Wrap up video: http://bit.ly/Mi0Tvb

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

2012/2013: Inclusion in Ministry of Educations endorsed programs
2014-2016: All public elementary schools and all independent schools, to raise awareness and change our culture and engage all members of society (business and human).

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Access and finances to run the program with out any cost to participants for memberships.
We are continually making connections and partnerships with like-minded people, companies, and foundations. We have approached the government regarding access, speaking to Minister of Education and Health. In addition we have had meetings with those in the sports industry where alignment is obvious and both parties benefit.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Move beyond the educational campaigns (what & why) into an activation campaign (what, why & HOW) for BC & ON elementary schools.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Approved for Charitable Status in June 2012, & gain Sponsorship (financial support for memberships & incentives)

Task 2

School boards and Corporate sponsorship (CFL confirmation of partnership for Jan 2013 program launch)

Task 3

Grow our team (by 5-10 people), increase volunteers, champions, & community support.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

To grow our physical literacy & activation program aimed at creating healthy habits for kids through the government.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Government support for access & funding for all elementary schools in Ontario and BC. Next is Alberta.

Task 2

Research & development team for data collection & reports. Larger team at all levels (gov't, community, schools, individuals).

Task 3

Implementing activation (the "how", not just what & why) towards at risk communities based on our data collection.

Sustainability

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Tell us about your partnerships

Kidsclub Partners:
2011 SCOPE childhood obesity program via BC Children’s Hospital : http://bit.ly/zWtq2i
2011 Toronto District School Board : http://bit.ly/Aa1FVs
2011 Point 8 Sports Counselors :http://bit.ly/ySSAHt
2012 Overwaitea Food Group : http://bit.ly/zJqd78
2012 Sandbox Project : http://bit.ly/HF1X8L
2012 Merrell : http://bit.ly/L3KTNQ
2012 Nike Canada : http://bit.ly/Kd8v6s
2012 British Columbia Medical Association: http://bit.ly/AChZNk

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

Our overall goal market is children in elementary schools across Canada. We are expanding our program first within BC and Ontario. Next will be Calgary in 2013-2014.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

The passion to promote healthy and active living to kids of all ages through preventative health measures. Our organizational factors that have made our program successful is our tracking and reporting system allows us to collect data on several holistic lifestyle factors.Specifically higher risk demographic, kindergarten to Grade 6 students, as childhood obesity levels are rising.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We offer a tracking and reporting system, which allows us to provide pertinent information on several holistic lifestyle factors for a specific at risk demographic, youth. Through our networking we can offer a strong partnership which has allowed us to pair curriculum with tracking and reporting and a grand finale event for kids across Canada. Our Run2end obesity event needs an investor.

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104 weeks ago Gillian Thody said: Thank you for the link April! We are happy to include any elementary schools that would like to participate, they would simply have to ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
104 weeks ago Gillian Thody updated this Competition Entry.
104 weeks ago April Dutheil said: Thanks Gillian. Also, are you working in any northern or rural communities? Do you work with the Farm to School program? It seems like ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
104 weeks ago Gillian Thody updated this Competition Entry.
104 weeks ago Gillian Thody said: Hello April, Thank you for your question! Healthy breakfast and snack ideas are part of our program, as are other fitness and ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
104 weeks ago April Dutheil said: Do you also work with schools to implement healthy breakfast/snack programs? about this Competition Entry. - read more >
104 weeks ago Gillian Thody updated this Competition Entry.