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Northern Health is committed to partnering with local governments across northern BC to support them in working with their unique capacities and strengths as they build healthier communities. Find out who NH is, how they focus their partnerships, what resources and services they provide, and read a case study—Northern Rockies Regional Municipality—showcasing how these partnerships and funding opportunities enhance communities and promote health.

Community members attend the OSHLC's Food Security Forum in April 2018.

The Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition (OSHLC), with help from the BC Healthy Communities team through the PlanH program, recently completed a transformative strategic planning process that empowered the OSHLC to refocus its priorities to work on issues most important to those in the region.

The City of Vancouver has a bold and ambitious strategy to build a healthy city for all by 2025. The Healthy City Strategy and Action Plan is a long-term plan for healthier people, healthier places, and a healthier planet. It addresses health in the broadest sense by integrating elements that influence well-being and involving diverse sectors in a shared vision of a healthy city for all residents. Driving the strategy are passionate City staff, a committed Council, and a high-profile collaborative leadership team.

Food is one of the most basic human needs, but the issues around ensuring all people have access to healthy food quickly becomes complex. Kamloops has developed a unique approach to food policy and community food systems through the work of the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC).

About half of the organic food waste from the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors is edible; a network on the North Shore of Vancouver is working on changing local food systems in order to make use of fresh, edible food before it is thrown away.

The Agriculture Now Plan will help the City of Campbell River and partner organizations grow a resilient agriculture sector in Campbell River. It is intended to drive food production, attract new farmers, increase the value of the local farm economy, and draw existing and new residents into the agriculture sector. Success in building a viable agriculture sector in Campbell River provides other towns with similar attributes with a model and approach for attracting investment to the community.

When it comes to healthy eating, education and accessibility to healthy options are critical. The City of Kelowna took action to make nutritious options the easy choice by raising awareness, improving concession stands, and ensuring vending services offer good food in City owned facilities.

Multi-sectoral collaboration was vital to move this strategy forward. Involving multiple departments within the city, the Vancouver Food Policy Council, grassroots organizations, and many others, allowed for ideas from all sectors to convene under one strategy.