Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has formalized a partnership with the District of West Vancouver (DWV) to help promote better health for residents of West Vancouver.
VCH and DWV have signed the Healthy Communities Partnership Agreement which outlines how the two organizations will work together toward common health goals.
“The environments in which people live, work, learn and play all contribute to our health,” says Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, medical health officer at VCH. “Along with the health authorities, local governments play a key role in creating supportive environments and public policies that can help people reduce risk factors related to chronic disease, like smoking, injuries, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity and risky use of alcohol.”
Priority projects under the agreement will include:
- Focusing on healthy neighbourhood design, housing, food systems, natural environments and active transportation
- Developing solutions to ensure safe longboarding and skateboarding
- Exploring the development of a municipal alcohol policy
- Continuing to collaborate on supporting child and youth mental health
The provincial government launched the Healthy Families BC communities initiative in 2011 to improve the health and well-being of British Columbians. The initiative involves building stronger relationships between the health sector and local governments. Since the launch of the initiative, VCH has also forged agreements with Vancouver, Richmond and the District and City of North Vancouver.
Photo: Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver
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