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Media can contact Rita Koutsodimos, Manager Advocacy and Communications
Tel: 604 629 1630
Mobile: 604 989 4546
rkoutsodimos@bchealthyliving.ca



Not Dazzled by the Oscars

February 20, 2017 Vancouver Students Call Out Movies that are #NotSmokingHot!   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2017 (Vancouver) - In the lead up to the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards night, there’s one group that isn’t dazzled. Students at Vancouver’s David Thompson High School are calling out movies that are “#NotSmokingHot” in an effort to raise awareness about smoking in movies and how it entices youth to start the deadly...Read More >

2016 Oscars® Red Carpet Reality Check: Tobacco in Movies Recruits 1/3 of Youth Smokers

February 22, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2016 (Vancouver) - As star-gazers and cinephiles get ready for the Oscars® this weekend, health advocates are asking why young audiences end up as the biggest losers. Of the thirteen movies up for Academy Awards this year that portray smoking, all but two are youth-rated in BC. Heavy-smoking movies, rated “R” in the United States, are tagged 14A and PG when studios bring them over...Read More >

BC Healthy Living Alliance Leads $2.3M Initiative to Put the WoW! in Workplace Wellness

April 9, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2014 (Vancouver) - The BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) has launched a three-year $2.3 million initiative to take workplace wellness lessons from BC and share them with our neighbours to the north. The Working on Wellness in Strategic Populations or WoW initiative is made possible through financial support from the Canadian Partnership against Cancer, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Health Canada, which was...Read More >

Decade of Data Shows Prevention Can Save Lives and Costs

March 11, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2014 (Vancouver) - Today, the BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) is releasing ‘On the Path to Better Health,’ a report that examines BC trends in chronic disease over the past decade and outlines future opportunities for prevention. It looks at factors that can either reduce or raise the risk for some of the most common diseases (cancer and diabetes, heart and lung diseases) – namely:...Read More >

Canadian Cancer Society & BC Healthy Living Alliance call for further disease prevention from BC party leaders

May 8, 2013 NEWS RELEASE May 7, 2013 (Victoria, BC): The Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon and other members of the BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) are urging BC’s political party leaders to speak out further about their plans on cancer and chronic disease prevention. With healthcare costs consuming almost half of the BC government’s total budget, the Society and BCHLA believe cancer and chronic disease prevention is a critical election issue....Read More >

2013 Oscars® Red Carpet Reality Check: Smoking in Movies Proven Harmful to Kids

February 19, 2013 February 19, 2013 (Vancouver) - As film buffs across BC anticipate the Oscars this weekend, health advocates are asking why young audiences end up as the biggest losers. Of the seventeen movies up for Academy Awards this year that portray smoking, all except one are kid-rated in BC. Heavy-smoking movies, rated “R” in the United States, are tagged 14A and PG when studios bring them over the Canada-US border and...Read More >

Hungry for Change – Poll Shows British Columbians Want Action on Poverty

October 24, 2012 For Immediate Release: October 23, 2012 (Vancouver) -- Seventy eight percent of British Columbians say that it's important or very important for political leaders in BC to address poverty, according to a recent poll conducted on behalf of the BC Healthy Living Alliance. 'A provincial poverty reduction plan with clear targets and timelines to reduce the number of British Columbians living below the poverty line' was the most popular response....Read More >

Local or Organic? What about none at all? Many British Columbians are still going hungry

October 3, 2012   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2012 - Can you imagine paying seven dollars for a yellowing head of broccoli? Or paying 47% of your income on food? For people living in small, rural communities or for families on Income Assistance this is the reality if they want to eat a nutritious diet. On Wednesday, September 26th the BC Healthy Living Alliance brought people from around the province together in...Read More >

Premiers Urged to Tackle Largest Drivers of Healthcare Costs

January 11, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Vancouver, BC, January 11, 2012 – Today in an open letter, members of the BC Healthy Living Alliance encouraged Provincial and Territorial leaders gathering in Victoria to commit to action on the prevention of non-communicable diseases, which are the largest drivers of health care costs and often avoidable causes of premature death and disability. Barbara Kaminsky, BCHLA Chair and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and...Read More >

BC Healthy Living Alliance Looking to Bump Up the Health Quotient in the Families Agenda

May 24, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The BC Healthy Living Alliance, a coalition of 9 major health and community organizations, released its Healthy Families Agenda today. The Agenda includes recommendations to prevent chronic disease and improve the health of BC families - ranging from revitalizing aging recreation facilities to incentives for local food production to ending subsidies for movies that portray smoking. Barbara Kaminsky, Chair of the BC Healthy Living Alliance and CEO,...Read More >