Programs and Services
Active and Safe Routes to School
The goal of the Active & Safe Routes to School program is to increase the number of students who use active transportation to get to school. This includes programs to encourage walking or cycling to school, adult-supervised walks to school, and advocating for infrastructure improvements and safety enhancements such as sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards, designated walking paths, and reduced speed zones.
Designed to promote an active lifestyle, the Grade 5 Activity Pass is offered to all grade 5 students in the KFL&A area. The pass allows free access to community recreation centres and is organized by Kingston Gets Active, KFL&A Public Health, and area school boards.
This program offers free access to community recreation centres for all grade 9 students in the KFL&A area. Designed to promote an active lifestyle, the Grade 9 Physical Activity Pass is organized by Kingston Gets Active, KFL&A Public Health, and area school boards.
Area schools are invited to register for this physical activity event involving a 1 km walk or run. All registered students receive a bell in exchange for a non-perishable food donation to support local food banks.
This community-wide strategy continues to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity and to help create and enhance opportunities that will enable people to be physically active on a regular basis.
Residents can talk to a public health nurse on issues related to getting and staying physically active through this phone line.
Rolling on the Runway aims to increase family and youth activity levels and to increase awareness of safe cycling and proper helmet use. This annual event is held in the spring at Kingston’s Norman Rogers Airport. Volunteers assist with traffic control and general safety patrol duties.
Take Charge Community Leadership Grants
Community groups who engage youth are eligible to apply for a limited number of $500 grants through the Take Charge Community Leadership Grant program. The grant is designed to support youth-initiated, planned and coordinated public education campaigns and events that aim to improve awareness of youth health issues such as tobacco use/exposure, physical activity, injury prevention, healthy eating, substance and alcohol misuse, and mental health within the community. Each grant activity must involve youth aged 13-25 and an adult ally.
There are two grant periods each year- April to July and October to January. Community groups may apply for one or both of the grant periods. KFL&A Public Health’s youth engagement advisor is available to support and guide each group throughout the project.
Local events are held throughout the year to promote the use of trails and recreational areas for hiking.