Active People, Active Places

Title pageMost of us know we should be more physically active, more often, but it can be a challenge given our busy schedules.  Taking the stairs, going for a walk at lunch, or taking transit to school are easy ways to get our bodies moving and to build physical activity into a daily routine.

Physical activity is important at every age and is recognized as one of the most effective ways to bring down the risk for chronic disease. Since its inception, BCHLA has been a champion for supportive environments, policies and programs that make it easier for British Columbians to be regularly active.

A renewed focus on increasing activity levels in our province has led to the development of the BC Physical Activity Strategy: Active People, Active Places which builds on the work of health authorities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, local governments and government ministries.

This provincial strategy includes a framework for action and the key elements which guide it: a life course approach, an equity lens and a focus on supportive environments and partnerships.

BCHLA, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, is leading the implementation of the Physical Activity Strategy Action Plan.  BCHLA is pleased to bring to this plan, experience gained from managing the Winning Legacies Physical Activity Strategy from 2007 – 2010, which included initiatives such as, Everybody Active and the BEAT (Built Environment and Active Transportation).

Active People, Active Places is designed to guide and stimulate co-ordinated policies, practices and programs in physical activity that will improve the health and well-being of British Columbians, and the communities in which they live, learn, work and play. It aims to foster active people and active places.

BCHLA is pleased to be part of Active People, Active Places. As well as the benefits to physical health, we believe that it will have broader benefits for British Columbians – improving our sense of well-being and community connectedness.