Build physical activity into your daily living (for example, walking, climbing stairs, cycling, playing ball with your kids, gardening)
- BCRPA Multilingual Walking Program Resources – The walking program resources are relevant province-wide and offer useful ideas, easy-to-use tools and practical strategies to consider as walking programs are designed, implemented or revised. These resources are part of the Active Communities Initiative.
- BC Parks – BC Parks offers more than 11,000 campsites, 250 day-use areas and 6,000 kilometers of trails as a fun, convenient, low-cost way to explore the province.
- UBC’s Cycle Vancouver Interactive Route Planner – The UBC’s route planner will map a bite route for you according to variables such as vegetation, traffic, elevation and more.
- Community Gardens– Information about community gardens in BC.
Follow Canada’s Food Guide. Eat a variety of foods, especially: vegetables, fruits, dry beans, and whole grains.
- Canada’s Food Guide – Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide has been translated into 10 different languages in addition to English and French.
- Dietitian Services at Healthlink BC – A free nutrition information line for British Columbians that specializes in easy-to-use nutrition information for self-care, based on current scientific sources. Registered dietitians provide consultation by phone. Interpretation services are available in 130 languages.
- ACTNow BC: What is healthy eating?– A plain language description of what food to eat to keep yourself and family healthy.
- ACTNow BC Multilingual Healthy Eating for Seniors Guide – Healthy Eating for Seniors is a new handbook on nutrition for older adults. It has been developed to be an interesting, informative and useful resource for seniors age 65 and over from across British Columbia and Canada.
- Healthy Eating at Schools– Eating well is a behavior that can be learned and acquired through education, social supports and services in schools.
- Directory of Community Kitchens – The Cooking and Skill Building Program (CSB) Database for British Columbia can help you to find a community kitchen in your community.
Be sure foods are properly stored and cooked.
- Health Canada Food Safety Tips in Your Kitchen–Here are some quick but important food safety tips to keep in mind in your kitchen to help reduce the risk of food borne illnesses.
Take time every day to enjoy a meal together with family members or friends.
- Eat Together – Eat Together is a website created by the Registered Dietitians of Fraser Health Authority’s Health Promotion and Prevention department to teach you about healthy eating so that you can provide healthy food for yourself and your family.
Maintain a healthy weight.
- Heart and Stroke Foundation Strategies for a Healthy Weight – Strategies for a healthy weight suggested by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Live Smoke Free
- Health Canada – On the Road to Quitting– Health Canada’s guide to becoming a non-smoker.
- Quit Now– A free quit smoking support program available in English, French and 121 other languages. To access Quit Now by phone call 1-877-455-2233. The service is available 24 hours a day.
- Health Canada – “Make your home and car smoke-free: A guide to protecting your family from second hand smoke” – This guide is intended to help families remove second-hand smoke from their homes and cars.
Drink alcohol only moderately and responsibly.
- Heart and Stroke Foundation – Suggestions from the Heart and Stroke Foundation to moderate alcohol intake.
Connect with family, friends, people in your community.
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Information from the Canadian Mental Health Association on social support and maintaining your mental health.
Get Enough Sleep.
- ACT Now BC – ACT Now BC’s Fatigue Fighting Tips and sleep suggestions.
Relax, enjoy life.
- Here to Help – Stress Stoppers Fact Sheet (English version).
- Here to Help– Stress and Well-being (French version).
Have regular medical and dental check ups.
- HealthLink BC – HealthLink BC helps you learn about health topics, check yoursymptoms and find the health services and resources that you need for healthy living. To consult with a nurse, pharmacist or dietitian by phone call 8-1-1 from anywhere in BC. TTY (Deaf and hearing impaired): 7-1-1. Interpretation services are available in over 130 languages on request.
- Medical Services Plan (MSP) of BC – All residents of BC must enroll with MSP. The Medical Services Plan (MSP) insures medically required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.
- Oral Health – Health Canada reminds you that “Oral health refers to the health of your teeth and your mouth. Maintaining good oral health includes keeping your teeth free from cavities and keeping your gums free from disease”.
- Caring for Your Teeth and Mouth – Maintaining good oral health should be a priority throughout a lifetime.