Healthy hydration, aid for success!

Take the Tchin-tchin Challenge

The Association québécoise de la garde scolaire and the Quebec Coalition on Weight-Related Problems are pleased to announce the return of the Tchin-tchin Challenge, which will take place from March 22 to 26, 2021.

Since 2017, it allows the celebration of water during the third week of March on the occasion of Canada Water Week and World Water Day.

The Tchin-tchin Challenge is an awareness raising activity that encourages kindergarten and elementary school students to drink water
during school lunches. It aims to promote water as the best drink for hydration and caring for one’s health, while having fun at the same time.

Register your school by March 19th, it's free!

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

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.

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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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