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Since 2003, the BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) has followed our mission to improve the health of British Columbians through leadership that enhances collaborative action to promote physical activity, healthy eating and living smoke-free. Collectively, BCHLA member organizations capture the attention of over 40,000 volunteers, 4,300 health and recreation professionals, and 184 local governments across British Columbia. We work with government and hold them accountable to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease.

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A healthy British Columbia

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To improve the health of all British Columbians through leadership and collaboration to address the risk factors and health inequities that contribute significantly to chronic disease.

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Webinar: On the Path to Better Health - A Closer Look at Three Routes

On May 26th, 2014, BC Healthy Living Alliance hosted the webinar: On the Path to Better Health - A Closer Look at Three Routes.

Mary Collins, Director of the BCHLA Secretariat provided an overview of the findings and recommendations of BCHLA’s most recent report On the Path to Better Health. She talked about the BC trends in chronic disease with modifiable risk factors over the past decade. She also discussed the factors that can either reduce or raise the risk for some of the most common diseases – namely: diet, activity, smoking, obesity and outlined the connections with mental health and poverty.

Dowload Mary’s presentation here.

Stephen Smith, Director of Mental Health Promotion and Prevention of Mental Disorders at the BC Ministry of Health described how mental wellness and mental health promotion relates to physical health. His presentation illustrated how mental wellness is not simply the absence of mental illness but a continuum that is intersected with a scale that ranges between languishing and flourishing. Stephen also described current mental health promotion efforts underway through schools, the workplace and to help new, young families.  

Download Stephen’s presentation here.

Dr. Judith Lynam, research lead for the RICHER (Responsive Interdisciplinary Coordinated Health Education and Research) Social Pediatrics initiative, described the partnerships and structural changes that are built into the RICHER initiative.  And how this unique approach is fostering access for a population of children and families with multiple forms of social and material disadvantage.

Download Judith’s presentation here.

Our final panelist, Iglika Ivanova described how government transfers, and child tax benefits in particular could dramatically reduce BC’s child poverty rate as well as the depth of poverty in BC.  She explained how certain tax benefits such as the non-refundable child tax credit and the non-refundable child arts and sports tax credits do not benefit low income families at all.  Ivanova also showed how child poverty could be reduced by 26% if these credits together with the universal child tax credit (which is distributed to all families with children under 6 were restructured and income tested.

Download Iglika’s presentation here.

BCHLA was pleased to have 78 participants engaged through this webinar.