Action Guides & Toolkits
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. While age and genetics have some impact, it is primarily the physical and socio-economic environments in which we live, learn, work and play that determine if, and how often, we are physically active. The Active Communities Action Guide offers ideas and resources for local governments to develop more opportunities for their communities to be active in their daily lives. The guide includes information on the co-benefits of physical activity, actions and examples from BC communities, opportunities for funding, a list of other resources, and a summary checklist that local governments can use to evaluate their physical activity strategy and next steps forward.
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 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.