This guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with BC Healthy Communities, to serve as a guide for local governments/First Nations in the planning of a municipal alcohol policy (MAP). A MAP helps local governments/First Nations manage alcohol facilities they own and manage, and reduces liability for alcohol-related problems. This guide explains what a MAP is, how it can benefit your local government/First Nation and how to create one, from start to finish.
A guide to building food security in rural communities. The document opens with definitions and an argument for food security, followed by an outline of core ingredients for any food security program: people, mission, resources and administration. It provides examples of possible projects you may decide to explore, with resources for further guidance. It also considers the public policy context for your work (legislation and regulation).
The City of Prince George is taking action on improving the health of their citizens by looking at tobacco use in the city. Earlier this year the City hosted a smoke-free 2015 Canada Winter Games. They initially created aproclamation that all official venues used for the 2015 Canada Winter Games would be smoke-free in partnership between Northern Health, the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and the City of Prince George.
The report estimates the current provincial and regional prevalence rates of three chronic disease risk factors: excess weight (obesity and overweight), physical inactivity, and tobacco smoking, as well as the direct health-care costs and indirect productivity losses associated with each of the risk factors. Understanding the current costs of these risk factors and how these costs might change in coming years can help inform both immediate and long-term planning.
Community health profiles based on the latest analysis from the My Health My Community survey have been released. The results reflect 33,000 respondents across the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser regions.
Want to know a bit more about what the Kaslo Food Security Project? At the Food Forum in Kaslo on April 12, 2014, Aimee Watson gave a presentation on the history of the project including information on the Kalso Food Charter. You can watch the video of her presentation here. The power point presentation she used is available here as a pdf
This article by Therese Mickelson looks at the mix of factors that affect local food production and supply in BC, challenges to shifting towards reinstating historic farmland and encouraging local food production, and how local governments can support and promote community food security.