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ACTIVE COMMUNITIES Supporting Local Government in Building Active, Healthy Communities. Suzanne Allard Strutt CEO, BC Recreation and Parks Association Chair, BC Healthy Living Alliance. BCRPA. The provincial voice for the parks, recreation and fitness sector. BCRPA.

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ACTIVE COMMUNITIESSupporting Local Government in Building Active, Healthy Communities

Suzanne Allard StruttCEO, BC Recreation and Parks AssociationChair, BC Healthy Living Alliance


The provincial voice for the parks, recreation and fitness sector


  • Inspires and supports community leaders and practitioners to build and sustain healthy communities

  • Membership is involved in community-based parks and recreation services, programs and facilities

  • Chair, BC Healthy Living Alliance


The BCRPA has strong affiliations with provincial stakeholders:

  • health

  • education

  • sport

  • justice

  • multicultural

  • anti-poverty

  • social service sectors


  • Implementation agency for Active Communities

  • Part of our mandate in community development and active living

Active Communities

  • Part of a much larger wellness initiative being planned and supported by the Province

  • Target – to increase the physical activity levels of British Columbians by 20% by the year 2010


  • An Active Community is one that promotes and supports a way of life in which physical activity is valued and integrated into daily life

  • Requires a coordinated strategy


  • Support communities to develop an Active Communities plan

  • Increase local awareness of the benefits of regular physical activity

  • Create opportunities to increase activity levels by 20% by the year 2010


  • Strengthen community partnerships

  • Link with other strategies under ActNow BC and 2010 Legacies Now

Target Populations


  • Children and youth

  • Girls and young women

  • Older adults

  • Aboriginals

  • Persons with a disability

  • Economically disadvantaged

What is an Active Community?

An Active Community is not defined by geographical location – for example, a community can be:

  • a municipality

  • an aboriginal community, or

  • a wellness coalition


  • There may be more than one Active Community within a geographical boundary

  • Linkages and partnerships within geographical communities are encouraged

Active Community Partnerships

  • Health Districts/Authorities

  • Health promotion organizations

  • School Districts

  • Related community organizations

  • Community sport organizations

  • Spirit of BC Community Committees

  • Local businesses

Tool Kit

  • Workbook

  • Fact Sheets

  • Self Assessment Checklist and Planning Guide


  • One-day workshops will be conducted on a regional basis to cover the basics of rolling out an Active Communities plan

Evaluation Tool

Baseline Data Template

  • Communities can measure physical activity levels and monitor physical activity improvements

  • Resources and recommendations on how communities can administer the tool will be provided


  • Register online - free

  • Access resources

  • Share successes

Registration Criteria

  • City council must officially pass a motion to accept the 20% Physical Activity Challenge by the year 2010


  • A letter of intent is required from the registering community to establish an Active Communities committee, develop a plan, and commit to working toward the 20% target

Registration Criteria

  • Must identify an Active Communities leader (i.e. main contact)

  • Must provide annual status reports on community progress

  • Must be willing to share plans, success stories, and recommended practices


  • Designed to assist communities with the development of an Active Community Plan, or deliver a component of an existing plan

  • Will be made available to registered communities starting November 2005

Menu of Resources


  • Everybody gets to play™

  • Active Workplace Strategy

Get Involved

  • Move for Health Day

  • SummerActive

  • Bike to Work Week

  • Spirit of BC Community Committees

  • 20% Challenge

  • Way to Go! School Program

Get Started

  • Make a commitment

  • Register as an Active Community

  • Create an Active Community team

  • Develop an Active Community plan

    …take up the 20% Challenge!


Trina Sporer

Program Manager, Active Communities

BC Recreation and Parks Association

604-629-0965, ext. 24

[email protected]

Curtis Atkinson

Program Coordinator, Active Communities

BC Recreation and Parks Association

604-629-0965, ext. 38

[email protected]

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