Poll Shows British Columbians Want Gov’t Action to Improve Children’s Health

April 24, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver (April 24, 2017) – Today, BC Healthy Living Alliance is releasing results from their Health Priorities Survey which shows that 76% of British Columbians are very concerned about the impact of physical activity on children’s health – followed closely by nutrition (68%), mental health (67%) and poverty (65%). Scott McDonald, Chair of the BC Healthy Living Alliance, said: “We know that 60% of children are not...MediaRead More >

How Do We #MakeBCHealthier4Kids – A Discussion on Policy Options

April 23, 2017 On Tuesday, May 30th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm - please plan on joining the BC Healthy Living Alliance and the YMCA BC for an engaging policy discussion on the health and wellbeing of children and youth in BC at the Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard Street) in downtown Vancouver. Dr. Bonnie Henry, Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC, will set the stage for the conversation...Read More >

Take Care of Your Equipment

Take Care of Your Equipment – Reaching Industrial Worksites with Workplace Wellness

March 20, 2017 On April 6th BCHLA hosted a webinar showcasing the latest case studies, how-to’s and hands-on resources to help workplaces increase the wellness of workers outside of the office environment. (And a bit of a shameless plug for our Working on Wellness project). BCHLA and our partners at Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Mental Health Association developed new resources for workplaces that don’t quite fit within traditional office environments. We were...WebinarRead More >

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...MediaRead More >

The kids are not alright:

January 31, 2017 How the food and beverage industry is marketing our children and youth to death. Once upon a time marketing to kids mostly meant commercials on Saturday morning; many adults have fond memories of ads that featured cartoon characters from their favourite sugary cereals. Television commercials are still a major ad platform and mascots still hawk sweet bowls of breakfast food, but today’s kids are bombarded with food and beverage marketing...Read More >

Let’s #MoveBC

January 24, 2017 In BC, active transportation and public transit are always a hot topic. Walking and cycling routes are seen as a blessing by those who use them, but as a curse for those whom they inconvenience. Public transit, on the other hand, is known for being crowded in the city and infrequent in small towns, yet it is an important people-mover as 263 million transit trips are taken throughout BC every...Read More >

Children at Play

The Doctor says …there’s more we can do to #MakeBCHealthier4Kids

November 21, 2016 Two weeks ago, Dr Perry Kendall, BC’s ‘top doc’ (as the media commonly refer to our Provincial Health Officer) gave the children of BC a little check-up and it turns out their health is just fine…well, kind of.  On average, BC’s children and youth appear to be fairly healthy in some ways but others are less so. The report, ‘Is Good, Good Enough? The Health and Well-being of Children &...Read More >

Food Security for Families

Ripe for Change – Food Insecurity in BC

November 14, 2016 On December 6th, BCHLA hosted a webinar on food insecurity in BC. Affordable, healthy food is essential to a healthy life.  But when food quality or quantity is compromised it creates stress and ultimately negative health consequences. People living on low incomes have a much higher risk of developing chronic disease and experiencing poor health overall - a big part of this is related to diet and food quality. Healthy...WebinarRead More >

“Trick or Treat?”

October 25, 2016 Hallowe’en has already landed at my house with bats and pumpkins up on every window. Physical activity levels were way up on Friday night at the elementary school dance, where my older child danced with friends and the younger one spent two hours running around in some elaborate game of chase with his grade one pals. I’m not sure how many calories can be burned bobbing for apples, but all...Read More >

Extreme Marketing has Canadian Teens Drinking over a Kilo in Sugar per Month!

October 5, 2016 Recently, my son asked me to buy him a sports drink after baseball practice with a sideways glance to see if I would bite. He followed with a flurried explanation about being sweaty after running around and some mumbling about electrolytes and his muscles. He whined and pleaded after my predictable answer that ‘water is the best drink for an athlete.’ But his question and approach illustrates what is seen...Read More >