BCAHL Blog


Keeping Active and Getting Back to Play through COVID-19

May 22, 2020 COVID-19 has radically changed the way we live. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our need to move our bodies.  Staying active is even more important now - not just for our physical health but also for what it does to increase our sense of wellbeing and to reduce the effects of stress from living through a pandemic. (more…)

Employment Opportunity

May 5, 2020 Manager of Communications and Projects Employment:     Contract position July 6 to January 10, 2022 (maternity leave) (more…)

Don’t Let Them Down: Understanding Youth Vaping and What We Can Do About It

April 29, 2020 On April 23, 2020, the BC Alliance for Healthy Living hosted an engaging webinar on youth vaping. This webinar featured three leaders from organizations doing important work on understanding youth vaping and what we can do about it. In a study that made headlines across Canada last year, public Health researcher, Dr. David Hammond found that vaping increased by a stunning 74% among 16-19 year olds from 2017 to 2018;...WebinarRead More >

Guest post: BC Cycling Coalition’s COVID-19 and Active Transportation

March 24, 2020 Travel restrictions, social distancing, and stay-at-home orders have reduced our ability to move around freely. (more…)

#MoreThanFood

March 2, 2020 The revised Canada food guide has got me thinking about how I eat.  Am I enjoying my food? Am I being mindful of eating it? Am I sharing meals with others? Or am I wolfing something down in front of a screen over lunch to answer a few more emails? Or am I eating an intimate late-night meal for two (aka me and Netflix) after wrestling the kids to bed?...Read More >

BC’s Health Organisations Cheer for New Taxes in BC Budget 2020 to Protect Youth Health

February 19, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, BC, February 19, 2020: The introduction of new taxes on vaping products and sugary drinks in BC Budget 2020 is being applauded by leaders of BC’s health organizations that see them as effective measures for protecting youth health. (more…)

Healthy School Programs, Healthy Kids

January 29, 2020 On January 16th, the BC Alliance for Healthy Living hosted an informative webinar on healthy school programs. We heard from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and the BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food, who shared their insights and spoke about two unique projects that they deliver to increase kids’ health and wellbeing. (more…)

Help a parent out!

October 17, 2019 I hate grocery shopping. Although I am incredibly grateful to be able to pay for groceries without incurring debt (most months anyway), shopping for healthy food with my kiddos (ages 5 and 2) can be a wee bit overwhelming. My kids light up with desire the moment we push our cart down the aisle. In elation, they shout out names like auctioneers listing their most prized possessions: “PawPatrol!-Gummies!-Goldfish!-Cheetohs!-CheeseDoodles!-ChipsAhoy!-ChocolateMilk!” And they...Read More >

#UBCM2019

October 2, 2019 Last week was the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention and Tradeshow and BC Alliance for Healthy Living was thrilled to be part of it. With 2500 government officials, decision-makers and leaders ‘exploring the floor,’ it was a prime opportunity to talk healthy living initiatives with those who represent their communities. We were part of a public health powerhouse team, taking over a corner of the tradeshow with our...Read More >

Risky play

September 16, 2019 This September I have two new-school-year goals: 1) walk my son to kindergarten (you can read that blog post at bchealthyliving.ca/starting-school/; and 2) encourage his passion for risky play. The first time I heard the term “risky play” was when I was struck by Dr. Mariana Brussoni’s closing presentation at last year’s Public Health Association of BC (PHABC)’s annual conference.  (This year’s PHABC conference is coming up on November 14th...Read More >