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 Healthy Living Alliance 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 Healthy Living Alliance, said: “We know that 60% of children are not...Read More >


November 10, 2016 In the upcoming 2017 BC Election, BC Healthy Living Alliance is focusing on what can be done to #MakeBCHealthier4Kids. This Healthy Election Toolkit has resources you can use to prompt the candidates in your area to take a stand on healthy living issues. The sidebar on the right-hand side of this page includes: a contact list of all the declared candidates by riding; a sample letter to the candidate; a...Read More >

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A Literature Review of Men’s Health Interventions: Strategic Considerations

September 15, 2016 This brief scoping review was conducted for the Working on Wellness (WoW) in Strategic Populations Initiative. WoW is a partnership effort aimed at reducing preventable cancers and other chronic diseases through promotion of overall wellness and healthy choices in the workplace. The review synthesized literature on effective health intervention considerations, particularly focusing on communication strategies, to better reach primary male dominated workplaces. Topics related to chronic disease and associated risk...Read More >

Moving Ahead Together On Healthier Communities

July 21, 2015 When it comes to building healthier communities we all have a role to play. Partners from different sectors have different types of expertise and resources to contribute. Collaboration can make all the difference because it draws from the strengths of, and can mobilize the assets of, diverse contributors. This 2015 Framework Moving Ahead Together on Healthier Communities builds on consultation processes, done in partnership between Healthy Families BC, BC Healthy...Read More >

How does Men’s Health Work?

July 20, 2015 When it comes to expectations for a healthy long life, men are falling behind women. There are many reasons for this. Many men avoid seeing the doctor unless something is broken, bleeding or seriously wrong. In health promotion we do a better job of reaching women than men but this is a gap we’re trying to bridge. BCHLA, along with colleagues from the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention at...Read More >

Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

June 1, 2015 Thank you for inviting the BC Healthy Living Alliance to present and provide input into your report on ‘the increasing incidence of obesity in Canada: causes, consequences and the way forward’. The BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) is a group of nine non-profit organizations that came together to improve the health of British Columbians. Our focus is on leadership and collaborative action to address the risk factors and health inequities...Read More >

Policies to Support Health Promotion in the Workplace – What’s There and What’s Needed

December 18, 2014 BC Healthy Living Alliance and WoW want to better understand the current policy landscape on workplace wellness in BC, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Many workplace wellness policies and programs are designed with the urban, office worker in mind; and the best practices and policies developed reflect that population. We know that there are gaps that need to be filled, but specifically we wanted to know - What are...Read More >

‘BC ON THE MOVE’ in a Healthier Direction

December 10, 2014 Submission to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure CONSIDERING HEALTH IN THE PROVINCE'S TEN-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PLAN The BC Healthy Living Alliance appreciates the opportunity to provide input into provincial planning that will determine the direction of transportation investments and policy over the next ten years. As well as being fundamental to our economy, transportation is an important determinant of health.[i] Transportation systems and planning have an enormous impact on the...Read More >

BC on the Move – in a healthier direction

December 2, 2014 As the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) develops its ten-year transportation plan, ’BC on the Move,’ health and community groups have outlined how the plan can move BC in a healthier direction. Walk, Bike and Roll – the plan should: Commit to a comprehensive ‘Active Transportation Strategy’ for people to walk, bike or roll, aligning policy and funding to support the development of local infrastructure within a larger provincial...Read More >

BC Healthy Living Alliance Submission to the 2015 Budget Consultation

October 23, 2014 The BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) is pleased to make our submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services again this year. We kindly ask members of this committee to consider a range of proposals that have the ability to reduce chronic disease by addressing risk factors common to numerous chronic conditions. Prioritizing investment in disease prevention measures today can improve the health and wellness of British...Read More >