An International Children's Games legacy program has died after one school year.
The In Sport We Are One initiative encouraged school children to eat healthy and perform 15 minutes of physical activity each day. They could go online and log their activities and compete with friends.
After one year and a $10,000 donation from the Sandbox Project, the program is done due to lack of funding says the Greater Essex District School Board.
It's now up to each school board to incorporate the lessons learned from the In Sport We Are One initiative launched during the International Children's Games last year.
"We did not continue as a community piece in terms of working together on this, each board has done what they wanted to do and what it looks like for their own board," said Sharon Pyke, superintendent, health, operations, safe schools and equity and inclusion.
"Certainly it would have a widespread impact if we were able to continue it," she said. "Each school has its own improvement plans, which they decide what their community needs and what it looks like."
Mayor Eddie Francis said the city invested $600,000 to host the International Children's Games in 2013, the event that prompted the In Sport We are One program.
"The city's return on investment has been significant in terms of people that came, people that stayed, the restaurants, the hospitality industry, but more importantly for the people that experienced Windsor for the first time," said Francis.
"On top of that, the legacy project was a project that is beginning and that's what a legacy project is intended to do."
According to city officials 11 school participated in the In Sport We Are One initiative, which encouraged youth to live more active lifestyles, with about 5,000 taking part.
"Initiatives that are thoughtful initiatives, that are meaningful initiatives take a lot of time and that's why they're called legacy projects they start with a particular event in this case the International Children's Games and then they are carried through to future events and other events to motivate them," said Francis.
"It's not a program that has a start and finish date, but it's a program that we almost all continue to work towards."
Francis said it was up to each school to decided if they wanted to incorporate the In Sport We Are One initiative into their programs.
"That's a decision they have to make because obviously it's their curriculum, it's our hope that they see benefit in it and that they will continue it," he said.
"Motivating youth to be active, keeping youth active, I think, is an interest that we all share, but it does require a level of participation, not just at the rec centres but through formal education, so I think the school boards probably will look at and have a requirement that kids stay active."