Live Healthy, Vote Healthy
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Why is "Healthy Living" an Election Issue?
Health should be a basic condition for most of us. When people can live healthy they have fuller, more productive lives and reduced risk for chronic disease - this can save or extend healthcare costs.But we need certain things to be in place in order to live healthy.... for example we need safe streets to walk or bike on, parks to play in, affordable recreation and local stores stocked with affordable veggies and fruits. Many of us have these things but some do not. Access to income, affordable housing, healthy food, education, early childhood development and recreational opportunities influence our ability to live healthy and ultimately the state of our physical and mental well-being as well as life expectancy.
In this election VOTE HEALTHY BC – vote for a commitment to:
- An Action Plan to improve health for BC’s disadvantaged citizens – more info
- Expand access to early childhood development programs and quality childcare – more info
- Increase the availability of affordable housing – more info
- Invest in programs to keep at-risk youth in school – more info
- Support healthy infrastructure (funding for walking, cycling, parks and recreation) – more info
- Increase access to fresh fruits and veggies for low income, rural and remote citizens – more info
- Protect citizens from second hand smoke on public patios – more info
- Provide programs to help smokers quit – more info
- Ban food and beverage advertising to children – more info
- Invest in disease prevention and health promotion – more info
It’s not always an issue of healthy “choices”. The research is clear, wealth = health and those with poorer education, poorer incomes and living in poorer neighbourhoods are more likely to have poorer health.
We are a strictly non-partisan alliance but we believe election time is a period to discuss what kind of actions are needed to build a healthy future for ourselves and our children. We invite you to join in this discussion with your friends and families, in your community and with politicians running for office and seeking your vote.