Exhibitors
Exhibitor Organization:
Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition

Website:
www.oshlc.ca

Booth:
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre (40)
Organization Description:
The Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition is a community-driven umbrella organization that, in our 5 year pilot project, will bring together regional governance and community resources to design and implement innovative programs for healthy living with a focus on children, youth and vulnerable populations.

The prevalence of several chronic diseases directly attributable to unhealthy lifestyles continues to increase despite the many existing primary prevention and health promotion strategies. This leads to growth in health care spending as a proportion of our provincial budget which threatens the sustainability of our health care system.

A Coalition of stakeholders determined to make a difference can create the change in strategies and initiatives that will achieve cultural change making healthy lifestyle the community norm. The strength of the Coalition will enable it to obtain funding to support its work from senior governments, corporations, and foundations.

To be successful, we need the full engagement of regional authorities to create new organizational structure and programs. At the end of our 5 year pilot project we will have a working model that can be adapted to other communities and we will see substantial improvement in indicators of lifestyle health
for our region.