Action Guides & Toolkits

In early 2020, BC Healthy Communities conducted research to identify local government and health authority needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways that they could support those needs through the recovery phase. Food security and insecurity was identified as a key concern. In response, BC Healthy Communities developed a series of Rapid Action Resources that explore food security and insecurity issues from a Healthy Communities lens, offering ideas for local government action in this area.

This guide is for local governments of rural and urban communities across British Columbia who want to create active, healthy and thriving places for all people. 

This guide is for local governments of rural and urban communities looking to incorporate equity-focused community engagement strategies in their public consultation processes.

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

This housing guide supports local governments of rural and urban communities across British Columbia as they create active, healthy and thriving places for all people.

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

This tool is a conversation starter for local government staff looking for efficient and clear processes to successfully implement healthy community policies. Use it to help guide decision-making as you work towards a healthier community for all.

Active living can have broad community benefits, including the prevention of chronic disease, mental illness, falls and other injuries; improving social and community connectedness; reducing carbon emissions; increasing productivity; and improving overall quality of life.

 

This tool is a conversation starter for local government staff looking for efficient and clear processes to successfully implement healthy community policies. Use it to help guide decision-making as you work towards a healthier community for all.

Active living can have broad community benefits, including the prevention of chronic disease, mental illness, falls and other injuries; improving social and community connectedness; reducing carbon emissions; increasing productivity; and improving overall quality of life.

 

New! Updated for 2018.

How can local governments support social connectedness in communities?

Listen to the recording of our 2018 Social Connectedness webinar.

 

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.