Parents: get in on backyard fun

Teeter Totter Toys is promoting Healthy Me Week with a video contest in support of a new national health initiative for kids

Vernon toy store Teeter Totter Toys is promoting Healthy Me Week June 4 to 10 in support of a new national health initiative for children.

In partnership with ParentsCanada Magazine, Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS) will provide a Backyard Fun Pack valued at $250 to the winner of the ParentsCanada’s I’m Healthy & I Know It video contest.

Promoting healthy, active living with a focus on kids aged six to 12, Healthy Me Week is a new multi-media initiative to promote children’s health and healthy weight. Working together with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Concerned Children’s Advertisers, broadcasters and publishers including ParentsCanada Magazine will focus their resources on the three pillars of children’s health: nutrition, activity and media awareness.

Parents can enter the I’m Healthy & I Know It contest by submitting a video of their children being active through the ParentsCanada web site at up until Sunday. The best of these will then be posted on the ParentsCanada Facebook page and voted on by fans to determine the winner.

Throughout Healthy Me Week the magazine will be posting daily activity ideas and media-wise tips on a daily basis at

“We think this is a very important children’s health initiative and we will be encouraging customers to enter the video contest and take advantage of the daily health and media tips being provided by ParentsCanada throughout Healthy Me Week,” said Richard Manders and Lynne Taylor, owners of Teeter Totter Toys.

“The video contest will be tons of fun for our customers and we are very pleased to be able to provide the winner with an outstanding Backyard Fun Pack that not only encourages active play but provides a ton of fun for the whole family.”

The Backyard Fun Pack includes Hand Trux, a new way to dig in snow, sand or dirt; Newspaper Builders, a new enviro-friendly way to build; Jump Rocket, shoots more than 200 feet in the air; Rainbow Ribbons, kids can’t stand still once they have a Rainbow Ribbon in their hand to swirl; Rollors, combines the fun of horseshoes, bocce ball and bowling; Double Ladderball, this game was originally played by cowboys using split-rail fences and cow-wrangling bolas; Boing Pogo Stick, an age- old classic toy that has found new life in driveways across Canada; Metal Detector, kids will spend hours outdoors searching for treasure.

“Our toys aren’t only about fun and play,” said Manders. “They are also important learning and development tools that encourage the physical and mental activity that makes for healthy children.”

For more details on how to enter and have the chance to win the NETS Backyard Prize Package from ParentsCanada Magazine, go to

ParentsCanada Magazine is available throughout the year at Teeter Totter Toys.


Vernon Morning Star