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How can local governments link planning principles to health outcomes?
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Healthy eating promotes and supports social, physical, and mental well-being at all ages and stages of life, and contributes to the overall health of individuals, families, and communities. Food security at the community level is achieved when all citizens obtain a safe, personally acceptable, nutritious diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes healthy choices, community self-reliance, and equal access for everyone. Food security is vital to the health and well-being of a community and is the foundation for healthy eating. 

– BC Healthy Communities Society and Healthy Families BC

How do local governments improve health and community well–being?

How can local governments support social connectedness in communities?

Listen to the recording of the PlanH Social Connectedness webinar and find a list of related resources here.


How can local governments decrease the harmful impact of tobacco use in communities?

The majority of British Columbians are non-smokers: 85% of BC residents do not smoke.

However, tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of death and disease in Canada. It kills approximately 6,000 British Columbians each year, despite BC having the lowest smoking rate in Canada.