The healthy choice should be an easy choice. BCHLA advocates for and supports health-promoting policies, environments, programs and services so that British Columbians have opportunities to be healthy.
The BCHLA has two evidence-based papers that inform our advocacy work:
- Healthy Futures for BC Families (2008) highlights policy options that address the underlying social determinants of health (early childhood development, education, housing, supportive environments, income and food security) and health inequities.
- The Winning Legacy, A Plan for Improving the Health of British Columbians (2005) outlines interventions that address the common risk factors of chronic disease (physical inactivity, poor dietary habits, tobacco use, obesity)
The focus of BCHLA’s advocacy is on efforts that address the common risk factors of chronic disease (physical inactivity, poor dietary habits, tobacco use, obesity) and underlying determinants that contribute significantly to cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.
As an advocacy group, we are working with government and holding them accountable to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease.
The BC Government has made substantive progress in responding to the Alliance’s Winning Legacy Recommendations, initially presented to the Government in 2005. So we have much to be proud of. Nevertheless, there are challenges ahead if BC is to narrow the large gap between the healthiest British Columbians and those who suffer from ill health.
We look forward to continuing our work with government and other stakeholders on making British Columbia a healthier place for all.