Healthy Families BC

Finding time, money, motivation, and energy to get some exercise into daily life has been a struggle for many Canadians. It’s definitely a critical part of a healthy lifestyle for British Colombians, so luckily there is a fantastic new resource called Healthy Families BC.

Badger Valley
photo credit: pfly

A variety of resources on eating healthy, fitness, and all aspects of family health can be found on the website. Given that the internet can be somewhat daunting with the huge volume of information, this online resource from the province of British Columbia provides a one-stop-shop for resources and information for households to focus on living healthy. One key point of the program is that it is intended to build an entire network and online community via social media. Through the use of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Healthy Families BC purports to build a strong network of information and resources, and to connect it back to the user. A variety of things including nutritionists; blogs, pregnancy and parenting information, cancer care and support, healthy recipes and more can all be found on the one site.

Hispanic family frolics in the surf in Morro Bay, CA  14 June 2009

Photo credit: Mike Baird on Flickr.

To celebrate the launch of Healthy Families BC, we (Hummingbird604 in partnership with Healthy Families BC) are giving away a $250 gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op to help families equip their healthy lifestyles. Here are just a few ideas for some healthy, active things to do around Vancouver with gear from MEC:

-Camping (with kids)
-Climbing: In a Gym, or Outdoors.
-Hiking: Paths, trails, or up mountains.
-Seasonal sports: snow-sports in the winter, water-sports in the summer.

Great family photo in the Sonoran Desert

Photo credit: Take A Hike in Arizona

The benefits of these activities integrated into an all-round active routine are enormous. Not only could any number of these activities help with fitness, but it also creates a chance for families to take active weekend getaways, afternoons exploring greater Vancouver, or even just spending a few extra hours together.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is tell us what’s your favorite (healthy) family activity? Growing up (me, Raul) I was raised to exercise with my family so we played basketball together (I’m one of five boys), and we played tennis together. We camped together. Even though my Mom wasn’t that keen on camping, she always came with us. So, tell me – what’s your favorite family activity?

I’ll include 2 entries if, in addition to commenting you also post the following on Twitter:

Shared favorite family healthy activity w/ @hummingbird604 & @HealthyFamilyBC 2 enter 2 win a $250 @MEC card Yours is?

I’ll draw a random winner from all entries on September 1st, 2011 at 2pm. Good luck everyone! Make sure to check Healthy Families BC, it looks like a really interesting resource.

Related posts:

  1. Chosen Family Portrait Exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver (extended to Nov 6th)
  2. World Water Day 2010 – Clean Water for a Healthy World
  3. The BC Healthy Living Alliance Walk (Tuesday Apr 28th, 2009)

Comments (67)

DeidreAugust 19th, 2011 at 9:25 am

My family love going camping and walking the trails around the lakes. We have so many beautiful parks to get out and get active in,

VinceAugust 19th, 2011 at 9:30 am

My family loves tennis and basketball! We also love hiking the trails in the parks and around the lakes in BC.

BethAugust 19th, 2011 at 9:42 am

When I was a kid, my dad had a canoe and we loved to go out canoeing! Currently, however, I’d say my favourite healthy family activity would be hiking – a good chance to both do some physical activity and have a chance to talk! The last time my sister, her partner & my niece were here in Vancouver, we did the Grouse Grind! (And my niece was only 5 years old at the time!)

CarolAugust 19th, 2011 at 9:43 am

My family loves to go for long walks or bicycle rides to enjoy nature.

David DAugust 19th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Bike rides, playgrounds, and camping keep us active!

SanazAugust 19th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hiking has been a favourite staple of my family for years

HeatherAugust 19th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Camping & Hiking :)

Trevor AshcroftAugust 19th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I love the outdoors and Vancouver is the perfect place to experience and take advantage of them. I’ve recently, re-discovered the joy of camping, I love to kayak (it’s time for a new one… wink, wink), hike and hit up the beaches with my pup.

BrendaAugust 19th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

We love going for bike rides and the free public swim at the local community centre!

A.J.August 19th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Hiking is always a fun activity for the family. The kids might complain, but they’re stuck for the long haul as they have no other choice but to tough it out!

Fun times!

Michael BAugust 19th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

We always went hiking around Cleveland Dam in North Van. Thanks for the entry!

BonsAugust 19th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

My family and I like to stroll around our neighbourhood after dinners. There is a nice park where we can get connected with nature. Or we would take a walk in malls after dinners.

Lori (Vancouver BC Host)August 19th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Walking & tennis

DarcyAugust 19th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Riding bikes, walking, camping

JennyAugust 19th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

We love skiing in the winter and swimming or biking in the summer.

JenAugust 20th, 2011 at 11:29 am

We love cycling, and that gift certificate would be awesome for equipping our newest family member with a trailer & helmet so he can join us!

KarenAugust 20th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Rollerblading around the seawall is always great fun (except in the winter). In the winter, snowshoeing on Cypress gets my vote.

KimberlyAugust 20th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Going for a walk around a beautiful lake.

RobAugust 21st, 2011 at 11:20 am

always loved family camping trips, and hiking the local mountains of BC. Manning Park is a must.

A.L.August 21st, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Walking, basketball, badminton, biking.

A.L.August 21st, 2011 at 2:14 pm

walking, basketball, badminton, and biking

MeganAugust 21st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

My favourite (healthy) family activities are walking, hiking, bike riding, and badminton!

TeresaAugust 21st, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I love hiking with my family.

JenniferAugust 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am

Hiking with my husband and dog is my favorite weekend activity. There are so many beautiful and accessible trails in the Vancouver area!

BrendaAugust 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

Walking one of the many metro Vancouver trails, i.e. Mundy Park, Deer Lake Park, Barnett Marine Park pathway to name just a few!

RussAugust 22nd, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Our favorite activity in the winter was skiing, both downhill and cross country. In the summer a lot of time was spent at the various lakes and beaches in the area of NE Alberta we grew up in.

RebeccaAugust 22nd, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I always loved swimming in the ocean. My Dad and my Grandma were both strong swimmers and they inspired me.

BrandyAugust 23rd, 2011 at 6:26 am

When I was young, my family would go cross-country skiing in the winter. My mom even made the family matching sweaters to keep us warm while we were out.

AnthonyAugust 23rd, 2011 at 6:26 am

Our whole family loves geocaching! It combines going outside and seeing new places with hiking, biking, and treasure hunting!

TylerIngramAugust 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 am

When i was a kid… played community sports – Soccer, baseball etc.
Swimming was good too though we never really got far in that lol

MatthewAugust 23rd, 2011 at 11:11 am

My family loves a good game of disc golf …

Fina TherrienAugust 24th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

We love to swim and ski together.

MaeganAugust 24th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

We love to go camping and forest or beach exploring!!

Justin LiewAugust 24th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Our favorite family activity is to go on a hike. Living on the North Shore, there are a bevy of trails from 1-3 hours that we can choose from depending on our mood. Our child is 20 months and loves being in the Ergo although by the end of the hike he is usually walking, naming rocks and puddles, and pointing at birds and squirrels. I love that we can do this minutes from our home and yet still be a short walk from restaurants, shops and other amenities.

paulAugust 24th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

hiking and backcountry camping!

NatashaAugust 24th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Hiking, because even the family dog could come along! It was something that all of us enjoyed doing (and still do) every summer.

ArethaAugust 24th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Cycling and hiking around the lower mainland and the Southern Gulf Islands.

AndyAugust 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Going for a bicycle ride in the neighbourhood is our fave.

rjAugust 24th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Growing up hiking was the one thing my non-athletic family would do together. Hiking is a fave, still, with my bf :)

AlexAugust 25th, 2011 at 2:34 am

As a family, we would go swimming

Grace MokAugust 25th, 2011 at 7:35 am

We love love loveeee camping during long weekends! :) No tv, no cellphone, no internet. Just us. Great bonding time together! :)

ManuelAugust 26th, 2011 at 8:29 am

Hiking on Burnaby Mountain with the fam, and of course the dog!

TinaAugust 26th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

walking and swimming in the summers. skating in the winters.

KrissyAugust 26th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Rollerblading around Stanley Park with my dad and my sister!

EmelieAugust 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

My mom used to (and still does when we are together) force us lazy kids outside. We would hike to the beach, explore beach-combing and kid-friendly rock climbing, build a fire and roast hot dogs and then camp at the beach, all tired out from a full day of fun.

WendyAugust 27th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Cycling in Whistler!

HaroldAugust 27th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Hiking in the North Shore mountain trails is my favorite activity.

coleAugust 27th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

We have always enjoyed hiking, especially since BC has so many beautiful sights to see. We have been all over, vancouver island, lower mainland and the interior. Great Blog!!

ikkinlalaAugust 28th, 2011 at 8:36 am

Definitely hiking – it’s endlessly variable.

LeahAugust 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am

We love hiking into the wilderness for an overnight camping trip, complete with our favourite four-legged friend who brings along his own pack. In the winter we strap on snowshoes and enjoy a hot apple cider after climbing to the top of Seymour or Cypress!

JaniceAugust 29th, 2011 at 10:41 am

Among other things our family loves all the summer activities at the lake – swimming, wakeboarding, beach volleyball, golf & hiking.

BonnieAugust 29th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Walking is my favourite healthy family activity. Anyone can do it.

Ian YAugust 29th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My favourite family activity is playing badminton every saturday with them!

B.S.August 29th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Swimming is our favorite family activity, even the dog joins in!

JaneAugust 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

biking around our house, or going swimming at a pool near our house

JuliaAugust 30th, 2011 at 6:57 am

I love going for long walks with my family and our dog – esp. around Burnaby and Deer Lake.

SueAugust 30th, 2011 at 9:31 am

I love walking, it’s a great stress reliever!

Natalie MAugust 30th, 2011 at 11:42 am

Hey Raul, Thanks for hosting this giveaway! :D Love to walk, jog and cycle the seawall, snowshoe at Cypress in the winter and lately we tried stand up paddle boarding and that’s our new favourite thing to do! The more gear we have the more options we have, so we would love to win! :D

LicdaAugust 30th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Our family loves walking, cycling and soccerrrrrrrrrrr…. Walking is something that we can do anywhere we travel to. Soccer makes us get out of the house and it has also encouraged a couple of our neighbors to join us at the park for a game of soccer. Now that the kids are getting older, I am introducing to one of my favorite sports Volleyball; my husband doesn’t like volleyball but he comes along with us to the park to be supportive and to set up the net :)

Tina L.August 30th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Favourite healthy family activity is walking as everyone can participate in this.

EileenAugust 31st, 2011 at 9:37 am


RoAugust 31st, 2011 at 9:56 am

“Hiking” – which in my family was more like walking around a beautiful lake. But no complaints here. :)

KathyAugust 31st, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Growing up, I played basketball with my dad and brother. We also went on long walks. My dad signed me and my brother up for Kung Fu lessons.

KevinSeptember 1st, 2011 at 1:39 am

Family activity was always hiking and camping. Mom loves going to the National Parks in the states.

Donna LSeptember 1st, 2011 at 3:57 am

Growing up we always had to help with the veggie garden. As a kid you think of it as labour but now as an adult I can see the benefits of gardening. Both as exercise and a way of sustainable living. Now I’m trying to keep my own garden going

LeslieSeptember 1st, 2011 at 9:46 am

Growing up, my family would play badminton at community centers every sunday morning. it was the best way to get our exercise because court rentals were cheap and other families (just like us) were also playing.

jessicaSeptember 1st, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Congratulations to our winner, Justin Liew! This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered, great ideas!

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