Healthy communities make it easier for residents to make healthier choices every day. Choices that over the long term will help them achieve and maintain their best possible health and well-being. People who are active and healthy will thrive in their communities and their communities, in turn, will also prosper.
Creating Healthier Lives and Healthier Communities
Imagine if your community had more places to play, more places to grow and find fresh food and more ways to get from here to there by walking, cycling or using public transportation. What if there were more opportunities to connect with others through shared interests and activities? And imagine if your community protected you from second-hand smoke. How would that affect your life?
Healthy Families BC Communities program will partner with local communities to work on plans for people to live healthier lifestyles. + Read More
Here are some of the features of a healthy community:
- Easy access to healthy food; opportunities to learn about healthy eating.
- Protection from exposure to second hand smoke; help for smokers to quit.
- Promotion of good mental health and reduction of harmful substance use.
- Opportunities for all ages and abilities to feel connected and engaged within their community.
- Walk and bicycle-friendly neighbourhoods.
- Convenient and affordable parks, playgrounds and recreation centres.
DID YOU KNOW? Chronic diseases are the largest cause of premature death in B.C. About 80 per cent of British Columbians report having at least one or more risk factors for chronic disease which include smoking, being physically inactive, eating an unhealthy diet or being overweight or obese.Healthy living habits help reduce two of the leading causes of preventable death and disability among British Columbians: chronic disease and obesity. Fortunately, many local B.C. governments are already leaders and promoters of healthy living in their communities.
To build on that momentum, the Province is partnering with local governments and health authorities in a grass roots effort to help family's live healthier lifestyles, reduce chronic disease and to promote healthy weights.