BCAHL Blog


All the Right Moves: Physical Activity Across the Life Span

December 12, 2018 On December 4th, BCAHL hosted a webinar about physical activity across the life span, highlighting how important it is to be active at every age because how we move affects our health, independence and overall well-being. (more…)

Hey Gushers, Leave our Kids Alone!

November 28, 2018 Previously I wrote about how my son went on a vegetable-eating strike a few months’ shy of his second birthday.  Today at 4 years old, he has not picked up a veggie OR put down his picket sign. (more…)

An example of a delicious dinner my son would never eat in a

Space Carrots and Broccoli Brains – my son is having none of it

October 31, 2018 My son does not eat vegetables. No way. Not having it. Not going to make me. The last time he put a vegetable in his mouth -and actually chewed and swallowed it- (yup, those are counted as steps in our house), was a pudgy fistful of peas when he was just over a year and a half old. Around that time my husband and I unwittingly turned what may have...Read More >

Come On and Join the Local Motion: Learning from 4 Diverse ‘Active Communities’ Projects

October 30, 2018 On October 29th BCAHL hosted a webinar taking us behind the scenes of four successful and diverse Active Communities projects from across the province. (more…)

Two BC Public Health teams share the spotlight in the latest Evidence-Informed Decision Making Casebook

October 5, 2018 The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools has just released Issue #2 of their Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EDIM) Casebook. (more…)

Municipalities across BC call on the province to fund infrastructure so residents can safely walk, bike and roll.

September 13, 2018  Resolution B15 calling for a Provincial Active Transportation Strategy passes at UBCM Convention and is supported by 125 endorsers of the Communities on the Move Declaration FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, B.C., September, 13, 2018 - Delegates across BC voted in favour of an Active Transportation Strategy and Fund, supporting a resolution put forward by the District of North Vancouver and similar to resolutions advanced by Courtenay, Chase, Kent, Squamish, Vernon and...MediaRead More >

One family’s quest for a healthy lifestyle led them to Vernon

September 11, 2018 Cyndy and Peter Chung love to be active. They share their passion for the outdoors with their two young sons, Kenny age 4 and Nicky age 2. In fact, Cyndy and Peter make active living such a priority, they decided to move. “We visited Vernon, BC, last June and loved it so much,” said Cyndy.  “It seems like every other driveway has a camper van or a boat. Everyone enjoys...Read More >

Why not start the new school year with a New Year’s resolution?

September 5, 2018 In the article, #20ReasonstoBike: Your kids will thank you for it, HUB Cycling’s Jel Kocmaruk cited a 2016 parent survey which showed that only 25% of Canadian children walk or bike to school, while 58% are driven. In turn, the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth[1] gave Canadian youth a D- in active transportation, meaning we are close to flunking on biking, walking, rolling, scooting...Read More >

BCAHL Welcomes Our Newest Staff Member

August 9, 2018 It is our pleasure to introduce you to BCAHL’s newest staff member Laurie Dawson, Manager of Communications & Projects. Most recently Laurie worked in UBC’s Access Diversity department, she also freelanced with CBC and has degrees in Communications and Literature. We are delighted to welcome Laurie to our team and her enthusiasm for healthy living and disease prevention! Rita Koutsodimos Executive Director

Come as You Are – Reconnecting Disengaged Youth with Physical Activity

August 8, 2018 On May 23rd, BCAHL hosted a webinar on new approaches to increase youth participation in physical activity. The teen years are a time when kids increasingly withdraw from sports and physical activity. For some youth, the barriers to participation are more difficult to overcome and motivation is a challenge for them and for those that are trying reach out to them. The session looked at what we know about why...WebinarRead More >