Media Enquiries

Media can contact Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director
Tel: 604 629 1630
Mobile: 604 989 4546

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…)

#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…)

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...Read More >

More Kids Need to Move More Often to Boost Brain Health

June 20, 2018 BC’s Physical Activity and Health Collaborative supports findings in the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth that links brain health with regular physical activity Only 35 per cent of 5- to 17-year-olds and 62 per cent of 3- to 4-year-olds are getting the recommended physical activity levels for their age group, the report card found, and this may be having an impact on the health of...Read More >

Join Us for a Policy Discussion: Basic Income Guarantee and Health: BIG Promise or a BIG Problem?

February 8, 2018 On Tuesday, March 13th from 8:00 am to 11:30 am - please plan on joining the BC Alliance for Healthy Living at the downtown Vancouver Public Library for an engaging discussion on the prospects of a Basic Income Guarantee as a policy lever to reduce poverty and improve health outcomes. The health implications of poverty place a terrible burden on people, families, communities and the healthcare system. With a new...Read More >

Poll Shows British Columbians Want Gov’t Action to Improve Children’s Health

April 24, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver (April 24, 2017) – Today, BC Alliance for Healthy Living is releasing results from their Health Priorities Survey which shows that 76% of British Columbians are very concerned about the impact of physical activity on children’s health – followed closely by nutrition (68%), mental health (67%) and poverty (65%). Scott McDonald, Chair of the BC Alliance for Healthy Living, said: “We know that 60% of children...Read More >

Not Dazzled by the Oscars

February 20, 2017 Vancouver Students Call Out Movies that are #NotSmokingHot!   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2017 (Vancouver) - In the lead up to the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards night, there’s one group that isn’t dazzled. Students at Vancouver’s David Thompson High School are calling out movies that are “#NotSmokingHot” in an effort to raise awareness about smoking in movies and how it entices youth to start the deadly...Read More >

2016 Oscars® Red Carpet Reality Check: Tobacco in Movies Recruits 1/3 of Youth Smokers

February 22, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2016 (Vancouver) - As star-gazers and cinephiles get ready for the Oscars® this weekend, health advocates are asking why young audiences end up as the biggest losers. Of the thirteen movies up for Academy Awards this year that portray smoking, all but two are youth-rated in BC. Heavy-smoking movies, rated “R” in the United States, are tagged 14A and PG when studios bring them over...Read More >

BC Alliance for Healthy Living Leads $2.3M Initiative to Put the WoW! in Workplace Wellness

April 9, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2014 (Vancouver) - The BC Alliance for Healthy Living (BCAHL) has launched a three-year $2.3 million initiative to take workplace wellness lessons from BC and share them with our neighbours to the north. The Working on Wellness in Strategic Populations or WoW initiative is made possible through financial support from the Canadian Partnership against Cancer, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Health Canada, which...Read More >

Decade of Data Shows Prevention Can Save Lives and Costs

March 11, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2014 (Vancouver) - Today, the BC Alliance for Healthy Living (BCAHL) is releasing ‘On the Path to Better Health,’ a report that examines BC trends in chronic disease over the past decade and outlines future opportunities for prevention. It looks at factors that can either reduce or raise the risk for some of the most common diseases (cancer and diabetes, heart and lung diseases) –...Read More >