In the News: Toronto Star

"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.

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 improves your immune function; it improves your physical wellness. One thing that is misunderstood by the public is that it also improves mental health and social emotional well-being.”

Koutsodimos noted that the $7 million spent on BC’s Physical Activity Strategy resulted in great programs that got tens of thousands of people moving. It was a worthwhile return on investment when compared to the cost of chronic disease treatment. We need more funding for equitable programming and infrastructure, like trails and bike paths, that get more people moving in their community.

Read the full article here.

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