Healthy hydration, aid for success!

Take the Tchin-tchin Challenge

Despite the gradual reopening of some elementary schools and school day care services, the Association québécoise de la garde scolaire and the Quebec Coalition on Weight-Related Problems is postponing theTchin-tchin Challenge until next year

Save your participation prizes, as they would be use during the 2021 Semaine canadienne de l’eau, which will take place from March 22 to 26.

Promoting healthy hydratation despite the COVID, it’s possible!

June is the month of water, and with the heat that is coming up, you can get ideas from the Activity kit : Healthy Hydration, to carry out workshops with your students, while respecting the sanitary rules.

To guide you, here are some activities that can be done, without adaptation:

  • Long live water
  • I drink water when…
  • I’m thirsty for health
  • My FunWater moment
  • Colouring (in the appendix of the kit)

With minor adaptations, the following activities can also be done:

  • Hidden water : pointing at the kids instead of rolling the ball
  • A tempting offer : carry out the activity individually rather than as a team
  • Mouth watering : make the suggested alternative of the activity 

Tchin-tchin !

Toasting to healthy hydration doesn’t necessarily mean bumping our glasses and water bottles together. It is possible to raise our glass in a festive and playful way, without touching! Here are a few ideas:

  • Challenge your creativity and that of the students and make up a short song to do together before taking a sip of water.
  • Create original dance moves as a cheerful Tchin-Tchin.
  • You don’t have to make it very complicated, you can simply shout Tchin-Tchin loud and clear with the students as you raise your water bottle in the air.


Do you have preschool children?  Then we’d like to invite you to check out our Mr. FunWater Challenge material, which is adaptable.

The Tchin-tchin Challenge is a joint initiative between the Quebec Coalition on Weight-Related Problems and the Association québécoise de la garde scolaire.

Download your tools!

Before the Challenge

Course of the Tchin-Tchin Challenge

Preparatory for Valentine’s Day:

Promotional posters:

Letter templates for:

Offer tips to parents so they can also participate at home!

During the Challenge

Activity kit for the Tchin-Tchin Challenge :



Personalized certificates for :

Healthy hydration educational activities  for both physical education and health educators.

After the Challenge

Keep the Challenge alive with Tchin-tchin Champions or use any other means you can to  help promote water consumption. Use the Tchin-Tchin Challenge Companion Guide.

Complementary tools for valuing water

A school promoting water consumption

To help children develop a water reflex to consume it regularly, it should be easily accessible in schools at all times. There are several ways to make water visible and enticing to students.

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Be a model team

Children learn a lot from adults who matter to them the most.  As school team members or management, your actions and words are inspirational. Discover how to be a healthy hydration role-model.

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Resolution model for governing boards

To help the school set up a school environment conducive to healthy hydration, a resolution model is available for school councils. This one can be adapted to reflect the reality of each environment.

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What does the government say about water at school

Since 2007, the Policy Framework for a Healthy Change in School aims, among other things, to “ensure that the food supply under the responsibility of the school community promotes the adoption of healthy eating habits”.

This policy states that schools are required to provide nutritious beverages and to eliminate beverages with added sugar and soft drinks that contain a sugar substitute (diets).

Also, in the accompanying Application Guide the Policy Framework, the Department of Health and Social Services indicates that functional and safe water fountains must be “available in or near the dining rooms to allow students to hydrate themselves at the facility. meal time and throughout the day “, and this, in sufficient numbers.

School health change, 10 years later *

Published in 2017, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Policy Framework for a Healthy Change in School, this report presents the findings and recommendations of the Weight Coalition with respect to the supply of beverages in Quebec schools, including water.

*The report is only available in french.

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