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 >

Starting School

September 10, 2019 I was told this would happen.  While wearing my wee infant son strapped to my chest, kind strangers would take a look at my unkempt hair and flushed cheeks and tell me that -poof- not only would he eventually sleep through the night, be toilet trained, not run into traffic but that he would be going to school. Once that starts, they warned wistfully, watch out, you will miss having all this time with him. You will miss the diapers and even...Read More >


July 11, 2019 BCAHL is pleased to add our voice to the chorus of support for the Mayors’ Council’s #CureCongestion campaign. On May 23, 2019, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation launched their mobilization campaign #CureCongestion, asking the public to call on their MPs and local candidates to invest in public transit, roads, bridges and active transportation through a Congestion Relief Fund. This campaign highlights the need for sustainable and predictable funding so...Read More >

Movers and Shakers: How Active Transportation Champions Can Change a Community

May 27, 2019 On May 16th, BCAHL hosted an engaging webinar on active transportation. We heard from three unique perspectives and projects happening in our province. (more…)

My Mindful Eating Challenge during #ScreenFreeWeek

April 25, 2019 I recently had the exciting opportunity of hearing a presentation by one of the leading creators behind the new Canada’s Food Guide.   The Canada’s Food Guide has undergone vital changes since its last revision in 2007. One of which is the emphasis on how we eat.  In fact, during the presentation, Dr. Hasan Hutchinson commented that how we eat can be just as important as what we eat. And...Read More >

Help us create the way for a healthier future: an update on Bill S-228

March 28, 2019 Children see 25 million food and beverage ads per year and over 90% are for foods high in salt, sugar and saturated fat. (more…)

#NutritionMonth, #foodliteracy and the #earlyyears

March 18, 2019 March is #NutritionMonth and to celebrate Dietitians of Canada have produced five colourful, useful and fun fact sheets about unlocking the potential of food. (more…)

The good, the bad, and the way to better: a look at the Provincial Health Officer’s Report

March 13, 2019 On January 25th, 2019, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer (PHO), released the report, Taking the Pulse of the Population: an update on the Health of British Columbians.   (more…)

#PinkShirtDay2019: a time to reflect on how we treat those living in poverty

February 28, 2019 On #PinkShirtDay2019, BCAHL’s Op-Ed piece on Basic Income was published in the Vancouver Sun.  It’s fitting that it was printed on a day dedicated to kindness and awareness around the stigmatization of bullying as those who live in poverty face many levels of stigmatization – from institutional to individual. (more…)


January 24, 2019 It’s National Non-Smoking Week and as Canadians we have a lot to celebrate.  In the past 50 years smoking rates have gone down significantly. (more…)