Healthy Abbotsford Blog

The Most Powerful Drug – August 28 Event

On August 28  one of the world’s leading experts on physical activity and health. Dr. Steven Blair will be doing a public presentation at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (MCA) from 7-8:30pm. The presentation will include the latest research around what the real impact of physical activity is on our health and he will end the session with time for the public to ask questions.

Not sure who Steven Blair is? Here are a few links that you can visit to get a better sense of what he is all about:

Video (9 minutes) - 23.5 hours

This YouTube sensation (more than 3.5 million views)  which includes Dr. Blairs research


Article – Fit vs. Fat, are they mutually exclusive? A case study.

Audio (4 minutes) – Is sitting the new smoking?

This session will also highlight how Healthy Abbotsford is helping promote physical activity and will launch Abbotsford’s  “Exercise is Medicine” initiative.

There will also be an information booth set-up from 5:30-9pm outside of MCA where you can learn more about what is available here in Abbotsford.

EIM - Public Presentation


It Only Takes 15 Minutes

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

This Saturday (January 26) is Family Literacy Day. To find out what is happening in Abbotsford click here.

ABC Life Literacy Canada has some fantastic, simple tips that will encourage healthy development for your children:

In honour of Family Literacy Day’s 15th year, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together. Learning can happen at any time. Practicing literacy together for just 15 minutes a day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Here are some great ways to get started:

  1. Create your own comic strip about your family.
  2. Invent two new endings to your favourite book.
  3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online.small girl coloring
  4. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
  5. Sing five songs really, really loud!
  6. Invent a new game while playing at the park.
  7. Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).
  8. Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.
  9. Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.
  10. Log on to your favourite word game – can you beat your best score?
  11. Create your family tree.
  12. Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with…”
  13. Play a board game together.
  14. Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.
  15. Find 15 things that begin with the letter “S”.

For more information, or more ideas, visit ABC Life Literacy Canada.


Don’t Waste the Long Weekend!

With the long weekend approaching, what are your plans? Don’t wait to think about until Saturday morning and risk wasting time with the “what do you want to do?”, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” game. Get out, have some fun. Use this extra time to explore our city with your friends and families. Make some memories!

The 2012 guide “107 Days of Summer” is now available. Take a look through, you are bound to find a few things that spark your interest.

Summer will be over before you know it, don’t waste it.

cover of 107 days of summer brochure


World Health Day 2012 – This Saturday!

Information from the World Health Organization website:

Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.

The official slogan for World Health Day 2012 is “Good health adds life to years”. Ageing is inevitable, but everyone ages differently. Even if we are young at heart, we need to maintain our physical, mental and social well-being to stay healthy and independent well into old age. Beyond our wish to add years to life, we need to add life to years.

Here are some key facts about Ageing:

  • The number of people today aged 60 and over has doubled since 1980.
  • The number of people aged 80 years will almost quadruple to 395 million between now and 2050.
  • Within the next five years, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5.
  • By 2050, these older adults will outnumber all children under the age of 14.
  • The majority of older people live in low- or middle-income countries. By, 2050, this number will have increased to 80%.

So, as you read this post I challenge you to think about how you can help improve the physical, mental or social well-being of an older adult this week. Here are some ideas:

  • Call or visit an older family member and reconnect with them
  • Volunteer at an assisted living facility – many older adults in these facilities have few visitors
  • Strike up a conversation with an older adult while waiting to buy your groceries
  • Set up a time for your kids to hang out with their grandparents

Remember, good health adds life to years!

World Health Organization logo


Abbotsford Healthy Community Challenge – March 10

The Healthy Community Challenge is a free, 90 day event to help you kickstart living a healthier life. Participants have access to a website that offers support and tools for tracking their progress. Participants also:

  • get their body measurements taken for free - come to the Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC)  March 10 (between 7:30-3pm)
  • have free access to specially designed classes at the ARC

For more information on the Challenge and the event on March 10 click here.

Even our own Mayor is involved! Click here to read what he is up to in the following article from the Abbotsford News


West Abbotsford Walk/Run for Success

The West Abbotsford Community School Society (WACSS) is excited to announce the 2nd Annual West Abbotsford Walk/Run for Success fundraising event will be held on Sunday March 4th, 2012. This 2 km walk, 5 km run, or 10km run begins at Rotary Stadium at 10 am and continues onto Discovery Trail and Clearbrook Park. For more information, or to register please click here.

The WACSS logo of a person running


Take part in Abbotsford’s World Diabetes Day Expo! Sat. Nov. 19th

Did you know that 9 Million Canadians are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes?  That’s 1 in 4 of us.  More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day.

Abbotsford is taking part in World Diabetes Day by hosting a World Diabetes Day Expo on Saturday November 19th, 2011.  Come on down and check out a wealth of information on preventing and managing diabetes. 

Here’s the info:

World Diabetes Day Expo

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Salvation Army Cascade Community Church, 35190 Delair Road, Abbotsford, BC

Keynote Speaker: Erica Sigurdson, professional comedian living with type 1 diabetes

Motivational Speaker: Chris Jarvis, Canadian rower and 2007 PanAM Games Gold Medalist


  • Footcare – Dr. George Duft, Podiatrist;
  • Emotional Well-Being – Bounce Back Program with the Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Free Admission, Light Refreshments & Door Prizes

Please wear Blue in honour of World Diabetes Day!

Click here to learn more about World Diabetes Day and Diabetes.


Families Celebrate Healthy Living in Abbotsford

A big thank-you to all the families who came out on Saturday to celebrate Healthy Families in Abbotsford! The event was a great success with about 400-500 people in attendance. Families enjoyed a range of free activities including:

  • Street Hockey and a Hockey shoot-out with the Abbotsford Pilots and Heat Street Team
  • A BBQ of healthier options hosted by Lepps Farm Market
  • Healthy Snacks provided by Save-on-Foods
  • A Children’s Play Zone with a large bouncy castle and a Sport Fit challenge hosted by Pacific Sport.
  • A clown duo (Jack and Doodles) entertaining kids with balloon animals, face painting and a comedy skit.
  • “Touch a Truck” activity with a Fire Truck and a Zamboni
  • A Toddler’s Play Zone filled with fun toys
  • An Art Zone and Photo Booth with plenty of creativity and fun
  • A free public swim and skate to wrap up the event

Families in attendance also received plenty of free swag including t-shirts and pedometers courtesy of Healthy Families BC. One lucky family won a 1-year family membership to the Matsqui or Abbotsford Recreation Centres.

Healthy Abbotsford was pleased to partner with Healthy Families BC for this celebration. We were especially honored to be joined by Mayor Peary, Mayor Fassbender, Dr. Nigel Murray and MLA John van Dongen for a special announcement by the Minister of Health, Mike de Jong.

Minister de Jong, announced that the Province is partnering with communities in a grassroots effort to help families live healthier lifestyles and prevent chronic disease. Consultations with local governments will take place across BC in the coming months, with the intent to launch Healthy Families BC Communities in January 2012.

For more information on this announcement, click here.

Check-out this video of the celebrations and announcements


Join us on Saturday for Healthy Abbotsford’s FREE FamilyFEST event – Free BBQ, Street Hockey, Active Challenges and More!

Healthy Abbotsford is pleased to invite you and your family to join us at our Abbotsford, Let’s Make it Healthy, FamilyFEST event on Saturday September 17th from 11 am – 2 pm at the Abbotsford Recreation Center.

FamilyFEST is a free event, packed with plenty of family activities and entertainment including a healthy BBQ, street hockey, Sport Fit challenges, children’s play activities and a free public swim and ice skate (skate rentals not included).

Admission to the Abbotsford Recreation Center is completely free during the event and you can enter to win some great prizes including a 1-year Family Membership to the Abbotsford or Matsqui Recreation Centers.

In addition to fun, healthy activities, Healthy Abbotsford will be showcasing programs and resources in Abbotsford to help you and your family live healthy and have fun.

Come join us in celebrating healthy, active living in Abbotsford! 

FamilyFEST Flyer


Walk to Win Abbotsford! We are doing great, but trailing Victoria. Enter as many times as you like for more chances to win!

Abbotsford is Walking to Win! Check out our Community Page  to see all the great stories, photos and walking routes your neighbors are sharing! As of today Abbotsford has 37 entries, just behind Victoria and Saanich by 12 and 11 entries.

Entering is Easy!

Go online and share your favorite walking photos, videos, stories and walking routes to win great weekly prizes or the grand prize of 1 of 6 family trips to a popular destination in BC.

You Can Help Abbotsford Win Too!

The communities with the most online entries by Sept. 19th will win $10,000 towards walking trails. One lucky community will win an additional $50,000!

 Log onto and make Abbotsford a winner!

 Bridge at mill lake