Oliver partners with Interior Health to prevent poor health

Oliver partners with Interior Health to prevent poor health

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Town commended for initiatives that encourage active lifestyles

Community health facilitator Betty Brown sees a big problem with children practically being raised by electronic gaming consoles.

In a recent presentation to Oliver council, the Interior Health employee said many children have very little eye contact with their parents today because they spend so much time interacting with gaming machines.

Brown asked council to partner with Interior Health to reduce chronic disease and obesity, and to create strategies to improve health.

She commended the Town of Oliver for supporting healthy living through its trail network and offering a wide range of recreational programs that encourage active living for all ages. She also praised the Town for its “Any Child Can Join” program, where children can participate in recreational programs regardless of their financial situation. Brown noted that people in low-income families are less healthy than those who can afford it.

Interior Health wants to promote healthy eating, active lifestyles and healthy environments. In fact, a new coalition (Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition) has been formed to do just that. Core members include School District 67, the Penticton Indian Band and the RDOS.

Interior Health wants to enhance or develop pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and transit networks, promote community gardens and create tobacco-reduction policies.

Brown confirmed there will be no cost to the Town of Oliver to join this initiative.

Mayor Ron Hovanes said the initiative sounds like a great idea, noting Oliver does many things to create more healthy lifestyles.

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