BCAHL Blog


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Our Priorities & Commitment to the Province

October 20, 2020 Most British Columbians are fully aware that good mental health goes hand-in-hand with good physical health. Factors such as stable housing, nutritious food, regular activity, social connections and healthy foundations in childhood contribute to strong mental and physical wellbeing in the long-term. While these are all factors that are within BCAHL’s focus, COVID-19 has highlighted the need to further invest in policies and programs that ensure equity – so that...Read More >

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Mental Wellness: A Lifetime Journey

October 5, 2020 Each and every one of us has our own mental health journey, and in light of all the major changes we’ve had to adapt to, it can be difficult to invest time to take care of ourselves. After all, there’s school re-openings, a provincial election, and a worldwide health crisis. When we do finally sit down and take a breather, we may not even know where to begin! Mental Illness...Read More >

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Let’s Get Fit for School —Mentally & Physically!

September 28, 2020 After months of sedentary social-distancing and now with limited school bus service, it’s an ideal time to get kids walking or biking to school.  Monday, September 28th – Sunday, October 4th is Active Transportation Week with a range of physically distant and active events across BC.  Students, families, teachers and school staff that ride their bike can win prizes by registering with GoByBikeBC.  But the real prize comes with the...Read More >

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BCAHL Welcomes Our Newest Staff Member

August 4, 2020 It is our pleasure to introduce you to BCAHL’s newest staff member Selenna Ho, Manager of Communications. Selenna has experience in radio, publication management and branding and her degree in sociology has given her a strong foundation in the social determinants of health. We are delighted to welcome Selenna to our team and look forward to benefitting from her skills and enthusiasm for healthy living, equity and disease prevention! Rita KoutsodimosExecutive...Read More >

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Non-profits Need Your Voice to Survive COVID-19

July 14, 2020 The impacts of COVID-19 have affected us all on a global scale; no one has been left untouched by the short-term and long-term effects of the emergency directives and protocols. Although governments have taken steps to support multiple sectors, the non-profit sector has yet to receive the lifeline that it needs to survive this crisis. Our province’s non-profit organizations are essential for the health and well-being of individuals and communities...Read More >

Keeping Active and Getting Back to Play through COVID-19

June 11, 2020 On June 3rd, 2020 the BC Alliance for Healthy Living hosted a webinar on the importance of keeping active during COVID-19, focusing not only on the “why” but also the “how.” (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…)