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A Healthy Recovery: Submission to the 2022 Budget Consultation by BCAHL

September 9, 2021 Living through this pandemic has been incredibly trying for all of us. Many British Columbians expect action to further support recovery and respond to what has been learned from our COVID-19 experience. In this context, the coming budget will be important for prioritizing investment in a healthy recovery that puts us in a stronger position for the challenges ahead. For BCAHL, this pandemic experience underscores the importance of continuing support...Read More >

Physical Activity for Health Collaborative

About the Physical Activity for Health Collaborative

August 23, 2021 The Physical Activity for Health Collaborative is comprised of leaders in physical activity from academia, sport, recreation and health. The Collaborative is committed to increasing physical activity for all British Columbians. The Collaborative came together to address the urgent need to get British Columbians physically active, especially those who face barriers to being active. Collectively on social media, the Collaborative is amplifying messages on the positive benefits of physical activity;...Read More >

"When you are active, it’s considered primary prevention for over 30 conditions. It improves your immune function; it improves your physical wellness" -Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director. BC Alliance for Healthy Living. Featured in Toronto Star.

In the News: Toronto Star

May 6, 2021 BCAHL is pleased to announce that we are featured in Alex McKeen’s article “Canadians need to get fitter –before the next pandemic” published in the Toronto Star. This feature comes shortly after BCAHL circulated our press released focused on BC’s 2021/2022 Budget. Rita Koutsodimos, BCAHL’s Executive Director, lends her expertise in public health and is quoted saying: “When you are active, it’s considered primary prevention for over 30 conditions. It...Read More >

Nutrition Month & Food Insecurity

February 24, 2021 Nutrition month is typically a time for Canadians to reflect on healthy eating habits and think about new ways to incorporate nutritious foods into their daily meals. Last year, the federal government promoted the revised Canadian Food Guide, which included considerations beyond nutrients, such as: food literacy, food culture and traditions, food availability and sustainability. This year with the pandemic, BCAHL aims to highlight nutrition month in the context of...Read More >

Ready, Set, Move! EverybodyMoves Webinar

February 22, 2021 We are excited to announce that BC Alliance for Healthy Living (BCAHL) and the Physical Activity for Health Collaborative have launched the much anticipated EverybodyMoves Resource Hub! The Hub is a one-stop shop for sport and recreation leaders who want to ensure physical activity is as inclusive and accessible as possible.  Physical activity is vital for one’s health, and yet we know many British Columbians face visible and invisible barriers to...WebinarRead More >

EverybodyMoves: Inclusive and accessible physical activity. Four circular photos of: an older man holding his bike on his shoulder and smiling; a young girl on a playground rope bridge; a woman in a wheelchair playing tennis; and two men smiling at each other, wearing anti-homophobia t-shirts.

Everybody Moves, and You’re Invited!

February 1, 2021 We are excited to announce that BC Alliance for Healthy Living (BCAHL) and the Physical Activity for Health Collaborative have launched the much anticipated EverybodyMoves Resource Hub! The Hub is a one-stop shop for sport and recreation leaders who want to ensure physical activity is as inclusive and accessible as possible.  Physical activity is vital for one’s health, and yet we know many British Columbians face visible and invisible barriers to...Read More >

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2020: BCAHL Reflections & Accomplishments

December 2, 2020 This past year has certainly been unlike any other. From physically distancing in public spaces, spending more time at home, and modifying our day-to-day according to health orders, we’ve all adjusted our daily lives in response to the pandemic. While COVID-19 has highlighted systemic gaps in our society, we are also presented with the opportunity to analyze, understand and fill those gaps with investments and policies to reduce health inequities....Read More >

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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 >

A parent bikes alongside their child

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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