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Speaking up for health in Squamish

On May 24, 2017, the District of Squamish will be hosting a drop-in event to hear public input on its Official Community Plan. Through our Healthy Families BC partnerships, we've been collaborating with the District of Squamish as they set a vision for how they will develop over the next 25 years and make decisions on planning, land use and community services.

Why is VCH involved with community planning?

Sixty per cent of our health is determined by where we live, work, learn and play. Ten per cent of population health outcomes can be attributed to our physical or built environment with an additional 50% related to social and economic determinants.

With the growing levels of preventable chronic illnesses such as diabetes and obesity, both our health care system and governments have an interest in reducing these preventable diseases.

VCH is able to offer expertise from medical health officers, population healthy policy consultants, senior environmental health officers, dietitians, public health managers, public health nurses and the Healthy Built Environment team.

Health issues and the Official Community Plan

The OCP highlights 3 key health issues:

  1. Early Childhood Development: Squamish is a growing community of families with young children, making it vital to prioritize investments and partnerships that promote the healthy growth and development of children.
  2. Active Transportation: Ensuring a safe and accessible system that supports walking and cycling for all ages and abilities. Although Squamish is a physically active community, it relies heavily on vehicles which impacts health in terms of air quality, sedentary behaviour and even mental health.
  3. Food Systems: Increasing access to healthy, affordable food through supporting local production and agriculture by partnering with local groups like Squamish Food Policy Council and Squamish CAN.
Join the conversation on Squamish's future on May 24 at Brennan Park Recreation Centre or online through the District of Squamish Official Community Plan survey

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