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Alcohol warning labels: Webinar recording

November 23, 2022 In 2021, close to one in five Canadians (18%) reported consuming five or more drinks on days they consumed alcohol, according to Statistics Canada. During the pandemic, BC reported a 22% increase in alcohol consumption. While drinks during dinner at home, social gatherings and celebrations are common for most adults in BC, the prevalence and normalization of regular alcohol consumption in our society underscores the need for effective policy to...WebinarRead More >

Mobile Produce Markets: A Food Security Solution webinar

October 25, 2022 BC Alliance for Healthy Living’s recent research has shown that 93% of British Columbians are not eating the recommended five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day. We know that increasing fruit and vegetable intake helps prevent chronic disease, but how do we get to that point? Canadians are facing a high inflation rate and coupled with barriers that people may face in terms of healthy food availability...WebinarRead More >

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BCAHL’s statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2022 BC Alliance for Healthy Living stands with Indigenous partners and communities in the journey towards reconciliation. On September 30, we reflect on the efforts that have been made towards reconciliation and let that fuel our work moving forward. As an organization focused on disease prevention and health promotion, we understand that the colonization of Indigenous peoples is a contributor to the gap in health outcomes between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples....Read More >

Stressed About Healthy Back-to-School Lunches? We’ve Got Ideas for You

September 1, 2022 It’s that time of the year again: summer is winding down, we’re rushing to get school supplies, and some of us are wracking our brains about what to put in our kids’ lunchboxes as we send them off to school. Remember, your kids’ lunches don’t always have to be complex or time-consuming to make. Sometimes, the simple stuff is what gets them interested and energized. Young kids and teens alike...Read More >

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Support Warnings on Individual Cigarettes, Provide Your Feedback Now

August 17, 2022 You may have heard: Health Canada has proposed that health warnings be printed on individual cigarettes. This means every time one is taken out of a pack, users will see a warning on their cigarette. Health Canada has said the reason is to ensure that people who share or borrow cigarettes can still see the messages even if they don’t see the package, making it impossible to avoid health warnings....Read More >

The Balance Sugary Drinks episode; a woman against an orange background holds a can of soda in her hand.

Sugary drinks: health impacts and equity implications

June 30, 2022 "Sugary drinks are uniquely problematic for a variety of reasons." One of those problems is that sugary drinks are everywhere: grocery store aisles dedicated to pop, juices, sports and energy drinks, at restaurants, at summer fairs, food stalls and markets, in advertisements, on billboards and in our social media feeds. In this episode of The Balance, we spoke with Dr. Tom Warshawski, chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation, about the...Read More >

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Active Transportation: Equitable, Sustainable and Achievable

April 4, 2022 “The climate crisis is also a health crisis.” This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on encouraging governments to create communities focused on peoples’ physical well-being while also addressing the health of the planet. With World Health Day and Earth Day just weeks apart, we are reminded of the intersections between climate change and health crisis. Last summer, B.C. was hit with a "heat dome," with temperatures soaring...Read More >

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Meet BCAHL’s New Communications Specialist

March 17, 2022 We are pleased to introduce BCAHL's newest staff member Twila Amato, our Communications Specialist. Twila's combination of experiences in broadcast news and marketing make her a great fit with respect to BCAHL's work in advancing and promoting healthy living policies and projects. Her degree in history and culture provides her with a holistic view of equity and inclusion in relation to health. We are delighted to welcome Twila to the team and...Read More >

Small Towns, Big Steps in Active Transport: Launch

February 1, 2022 BCAHL is excited to announce the launch of the Small Towns, Big Steps in Active Transport microsite and report. The vision for this project is to improve our understanding of how to increase active transportation and realize its health benefits in small communities. This project came from a strong interest in filling the knowledge gap about best and promising practices for promoting active transportation in smaller communities. The three objectives...Read More >

Small Towns Big Steps in Active Transport Workshop

Small Towns, Big Steps in Active Transport: Workshop

December 14, 2021 This workshop features presentations from leading communities that have successfully navigated challenges unique to smaller communities. Some of these challenges include: Creating a walkable downtown despite the main street acting as a highwayBuilding projects across jurisdictional boundariesNavigating grants and funding for active transportation projects Participants engaged in a discussion about overcoming barriers and what works to support active transportation in smaller communities.  Presenters include the research lead for BCHLA’s Small...WebinarRead More >

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