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HLP Programs and Services

If you would like more information or to register, please call (604) 267-4430 or email

Health Screening

Health screening can be provided at community health fairs and events.

First Steps to Prevention

This program is designed to help people who are at risk for developing chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, and help them make healthy lifestyle changes. It involves 3 sessions with a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse. The program is also available in Cantonese.  The First Steps to Prevention program is not designed for people with diabetes.  

First Steps to Prevention - Brochure (English)

First Steps to Prevention - Brochure (Chinese)

First Steps to Prevention - Referral Form

Health Education and Presentations

HLP will provide education sessions and presentations based on the programs key health strategies to interested groups.

Breathe Well, Live Well

This is a community pulmonary rehabilitation program for people living with chronic obstructive and restrictive lung conditions. The Breathe Well, Live Well course is facilitated by health care professionals and is comprised of biweekly sessions that cover health education, exercise and self-management skills. *A physician or other health care provider referral is required.

Breathe Well, Live Well brochure

Community Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program - Referral Form

Vancouver Community Diabetes Education Program

This two day program is designed to help the Chinese and South Asian population learn to live with diabetes. The Vancouver Community Diabetes Education Program is offered in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi and is facilitated by a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse. 

  • To register for the Chinese program, call S.U.C.C.E.S.S. at (604) 684-1628 (Note: There is a nominal fee of $20 for the Chinese program)

  • To register for the Punjabi program, call the Healthy Living Program at (604) 267-4430

Vancouver Community Diabetes Education Program - Brochure (Chinese)

Vancouver Community Diabetes Education Program - Brochure (Punjabi)

Vancouver Community Diabetes Education Program - Referral Form

Vancouver Community Diabetes Education Program - Overview of Diabetes video (Cantonese with English subtitles)

Watch the video: VCH Vancouver Community Diabetes Education Program – Overview video


Completed projects

PreDiabetes and Diabetes Screening Project– Phase 2 (Oct 2014 – June 2015):

Phase 2 study consisted of 300 White/Caucasian participants aged between 20 and 39 years old.

PreDiabetes and Diabetes Screening Project – Phase 1 (Oct 2013 – Sept 2014):

Completed Phase 1 of the PreDiabetes Screening Project with 1,200 East and South Asians. All project contents and procedures from this Phase 1 project are carried forward into Phase 2 above.

Working Together for a Community Based Diabetes Prevention Program within VCH (2011-2013):

This study consisted of 2 phases (Year 1 and Year 2). Year 1 had two objectives and the following outcomes: First, it produced a literature review on diabetes risk assessment tools and culturally-appropriate lifestyle modification programs. Second, it generated reports and recommendations from data collected at focus groups and surveys (including on-line surveys) with health care providers, as well as members of at-risk communities.

The findings from Year 1 helped develop a facilitators manual and prediabetes lifestyle modification program curriculum in English, Punjabi and Chinese. The program has been pilot-tested in the community and an evaluation of the pilot programs have been completed.

CANRISK Validation Research 2008-2010:

This is the predecessor of the current project PreDiabetes and Diabetes Screening Project. Between 2008 and 2010, the Public Health Agency of Canada validated the CANRISK questionnaire with adults aged between 40 and 74 years old in different parts of Canada, including British Columbia. Vancouver was one of the sites. One of the outcomes was the launch of the CANRISK on November 14, 2011.

Vancouver Walking Club Inventory – Use this guide to discover walking club organizations offered in community health areas across Vancouver.  For more information or if you have a walking club that you would like to add, please contact the Healthy Living Program office at (604) 267-4430 or email

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