The Balance

BC Alliance for Healthy Living

The Balance is BCAHL’s podcast platform that aims to promote and discuss chronic disease prevention research, campaigns, and programs with leading thinkers and researchers. It is a space to ask questions, talk about policy and emerging issues and hear health promotion success stories.

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Today we are bringing you a blast from the past! In this episode we are featuring a live webinar from 2020 focused on youth vaping during COVID-19 and what experts have to say about the concerning research. Our first speaker, Christopher Lam, CEO and President of the BC Lung Association will give an overview of vaping from across the province as well as touch on what programs and policies are happening now to address and prevent youth vaping. Our second speaker, Annie Smith, Executive Director of McCreary Centre Society will talk about findings from the Youth-led Research Project about vaping: Clearing the Air. Our final speaker, Art Steinmann, Manager of Supporting and Connecting Youth (SACY), Substance-Use Health Promotion Initiative Program from the Vancouver School Board will speak about what is happening in schools, policies and programs in place and how vaping is impacting youth. We hope you enjoy this live webinar experience with The Balance podcast. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: -Full webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxURsv6wjOc -BC Lung Association: https://bc.lung.ca/ -Youth-Led Research Project About Vaping: https://bc.lung.ca/how-we-can-help/vaping/youth-led-research-project-about-vaping -McCreary Centre Society: https://www.mcs.bc.ca/ -Youth Vaping During COVID-19: https://www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/youth_vaping_covid19.pdf -SACY (Supporting And Connecting Youth): https://www.vsb.bc.ca/Student_Support/Safe_Caring/SACY_Substance_Use_Health_Promotion/Pages/default.aspx -BCCDC COVID-19 Information: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19 Music Credits: -Music provided by HearWeGo -Artist: Liam Thomas Title: No Time -Listen on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QVwZmQkJ6Sw

Sep 29

1 hr 28 min

Welcome to The Balance, a public health podcast brought to you by the BC Alliance for Healthy Living. From the social determinants of health, food insecurity, active transportation to social justice, we cover it all. Join us as we speak with thought leaders about new research, programs and policy ideas for creating healthier communities. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Follow BCAHL -Subscribe to our Newsletters: http://eepurl.com/hcpSNH -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BC-Healthy-Living-Alliance/100064484400 -Twitter: https://twitter.com/bchealthyliving -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bchealthyliving/ -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bc-alliance-for-healthy-living/ Featured Episodes: Listed in order of appearance. -COVID Impacts on Physical Activity and Wellness https://open.spotify.com/episode/0bKBObpReAnX90CoyUQPc7?si=oYG7pi5vT7eX7Y9g7N9UmQ&dl_branch=1 -Food Insecurity https://open.spotify.com/episode/2IgtKXAbAxVqYUvRFvKNg3?si=S7ZsFgd2SoCuB8nJgGrO6A&dl_branch=1 -Vaping https://open.spotify.com/episode/0MNnRWVVRUVmjMCcEM2iaR?si=wRH9a4ZfQ5e5lWeY2Y68Iw&dl_branch=1 -EverybodyMoves: Race https://open.spotify.com/episode/38aPjr4TUyoC9IznDPLlLJ?si=-pTNFZKQRqakB3OzuZCgfA&dl_branch=1 -Move Commute Connect https://open.spotify.com/episode/3sOSVA4dRkNNpUK2ysUPg4?si=V3DjWth-T-qC3h-qMxqvLg&dl_branch=1 -EverybodyMoves: Gender Part 2 https://open.spotify.com/episode/6wMr3x8eTdjOyr9hbmoaOX?si=FbRYxsKJRZWrUeDyVPC-DA&dl_branch=1 Music Credits: -Music provided by HearWeGo -Artist: Liam Thomas Title: No Time -Listen on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QVwZmQkJ6Sw

Sep 23

1 min 24 sec

“Often programs are not designed to meet the needs of girls and women; they are underrepresented as participants and leaders.” Terri Temelini, Program Manager at Canadian Women and Sport, explores gender inequities within sport and recreation with an intersectional lens. Terri breaks down the idea of belonging, confidence, and “perfection” in sports, and how this impacts girls and people identifying as non-binary. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: -Rally Report: https://womenandsport.ca/resources/research-insights/rally-report/ -Jen Kish: ohttps://www.instagram.com/jen_kish/?hl=en ohttps://www.cbc.ca/sports/rugby/jen-kish-rugby-mental-health-1.5721259 -Shireen Ahmed: https://twitter.com/_shireenahmed_?lang=en -Kimberlé Crenshaw: ohttps://twitter.com/sandylocks?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor ohttps://youtu.be/ViDtnfQ9FHc ohttps://time.com/5786710/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality/ Canadian Women and Sport Resources -Consulting Services: https://womenandsport.ca/learning-opportunities/consulting -The Gender Equity Playbook: https://womenandsport.ca/learning-opportunities/gender-equity-playbook -Game On: https://womenandsport.ca/game-on-pilot-program -Same Game: https://womenandsport.ca/resources/tools/same-game -WISE Fund Grant: https://womenandsport.ca/resources/wise-fund -Newsletter Subscription: https://womenandsport.ca/news/newsletter

May 27

37 min 33 sec

“Hearing that glass ceiling break that moment you realize: why not ME? I can do this.” Donnie Rosa shares her story about overcoming gender inequities within sport and recreation and explains her responsibility as a leader to remove barriers to participation. We dive deep into the discrimination experienced by women, girls and people identifying as LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/ questioning, intersex, asexual, two spirited plus). Donnie is the BC Recreation and Parks Association’s President-Elect, and she is the General Manager for Vancouver Park and Recreation. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: -Vancouver Park Board Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Inclusion and Resources: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/trans-gender-diverse-and-two-spirit-community.aspx -March Madness: https://reflector.uindy.edu/2021/04/14/opinion-inequality-shown-in-treatment-to-womens-basketball-during-2021-march-madness-tournament/ -National Collegiate Athletic Association Title IX & March Madness: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceceliatownes/2021/03/19/where-is-title-ix-in-the-ncaa-weight-rooms/?sh=4e6d8dd77007 -Justine Blainey: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1517498-womens-hockey-hero-and-former-player-justine-blainey-celebrates-40th-birthday -Billy Jean King Battle of the Sexes Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3NCf0GUwFo -BCRPA: https://healthyliving.bcrpa.bc.ca/creating-safe-and-welcoming-spaces/ [healthyliving.bcrpa.bc.ca] -National Women’s Hockey League Transgender Player Policy: https://www.nwhl.zone/nwhl-transgender-policy

May 27

45 min 30 sec

What barriers do newcomers face to being physically active? What can we do to overcome those barriers at a program and policy level and personally? Lizeth Escobedo, Manager of Adult Learning & Immigrant Services for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, answers those questions while sharing her personal experiences immigrating to Canada. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YmcaOfGreaterVancouver/ -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greatervanymca/ -Twitter: https://twitter.com/greatervanymca -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ymca-of-greater-vancouver -YMCA’s email for our new immigrant programs is connections@gv.ymca.ca -YMCA Newsletter: https://www.gv.ymca.ca/ -YMCA virtual workouts they can check https://www.ymcahome.ca/yfitness

May 10

30 min 29 sec

“Racism looks different for different communities.” In this Episode, we talked to the Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), where she discusses intersectional racial barriers within physical activity and health. This episode was recorded through Zoom before the COVID19 Pandemic. The podcast theme song is Sneaky Business by Biz Baz Studio. You can listen to the whole song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=In5JQdQHH5E The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: - Dr. Janet Smylie’s work at Well Living House and St. Michael’s Hospital. http://www.welllivinghouse.com/about-us/whos-involved/dr-janet-smylie/ -Dr. Annette Brown’s work at UBC. https://nursing.ubc.ca/our-people/annette-browne -NCCDH webinar: Governance and Decision-Making for Health Equity: http://nccdh.ca/workshops-events/entry/webinar-governance-and-decision-making-for-health-equity?mc_cid=6ac86ab3b1&mc_eid=713020c663 -NCCDH webinar: Health and Proximity to Local Resources: http://nccdh.ca/workshops-events/entry/webinar-proximity-to-resources-and-health -NCCDH webinar: “Racing” the Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity (Part 1 of 2) http://nccdh.ca/workshops-events/entry/webinar-racing-the-social-determinants-of-health-and-health-equity-part-1-o -NCCDH’s Let’s Talk series: http://nccdh.ca/search/search&keywords=Let's+talk+series/ -Sara Ahmed’s book: On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13206153-on-being-included

Apr 22

46 min 39 sec

In this Episode, we talked to Shawna Lawson, Director, Research & Social Innovation at viaSport. This episode was recorded through Zoom during the second phase of the COVID19 pandemic. In this conversation, we mention BC’s Physical Activity Strategy, Active People, Active Places which you can read more about here: https://www.bchealthyliving.ca/what-we-do/active-people-active-places/ and more specifically we talk about the initiative All Youth Matter: Inclusion Training. Shawna, her team and many community and youth voices created this program which is a 4-hour workshop looking at what makes an inclusive environment, how to identify and address barriers and steps to take to intervene and stop discrimination. Over 1500 Participants (mostly sport and recreation leaders) have been trained so far but it’s open to anyone who works with youth. You can find out more or to sign-up at info@viasport.ca Other excellent organizations mentioned during our conversation were Red Fox Healthy Living Society and BCRPA. The podcast theme song is Sneaky Business by Biz Baz Studio. You can listen to the whole song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=In5JQdQHH5E The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: -viaSport: https://www.viasport.ca/ -BC’s Physical Activity Strategy, Active People, Active Places: https://www.bchealthyliving.ca/what-we-do/active-people-active-places/ -All Youth Matter Inclusion Training: https://www.viasport.ca/inclusion/youth -Red Fox Healthy Living Society: https://redfoxsociety.org/ -BCRPA: https://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/

Mar 30

1 hr 15 min

Sian Blyth, the Executive Director of the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, explores how physical activity can be more accessible and inclusive for people living with disabilities. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: - BC Wheelchair Basketball Society: https://www.bcwbs.ca/ - Subscribe to BCAHL’s newsletters: http://eepurl.com/hcpSNH

Mar 5

25 min 56 sec

We dive deep into food insecurity within the province with Valerie Tarasuk, and how COVID-19 has accentuated the issue. Valerie Tarasuk is a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, and leads PROOF, a research program launched with funding from CIHR to investigate policy interventions to reduce food insecurity in Canada. Valerie critically discusses the research findings from The Future of BC’s Food Systems: Findings and Recommendations (British Columbia) by The Food Security Task Force, and provides her insights on the idea of a universal basic income. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening. Episode Links: -PROOF Food Insecurity Policy Research: https://proof.utoronto.ca/ -The Future of BC’s Food Systems: Findings and Recommendations (British Columbia) by The Food Security Task Force: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/app/uploads/sites/121/2020/01/FSTF-Report-2020-The-Future-of-Food.pdf -The Future of BC’s Food System: Response to Findings and Recommendations of the BC Food Security Task Force. Prepared by: The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University: https://www.kpu.ca/sites/default/files/ISFS%20Response_layoutFINAL_0.pdf -Subscribe to BCAHL’s newsletters: http://eepurl.com/hcpSNH

Feb 24

42 min 22 sec

COVID-19 has affected us in all aspects of our lives, including physical activity. Guy Faulkner, a professor from the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, elaborates on his research (https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/facultyresearchandpublications/52383/items/1.0392348) on how the pandemic impacts the physical activity levels of Canadian children and youth’. Guy’s research used the ParticipACTION Impact Report (https://www.participaction.com/en-ca/content/impact-report) to measure recommended physical activity levels. Iyoma Yvonne Edache, a PhD student at the School of Public and Population Health at the University of British Columbia, recently published research exploring the impact of financial insecurity on adolescent health behaviours. In the interview with her, Iyoma referenced to a paper (https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/8/2352) on how COVID impacted Canadian families with young children. The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Dec 2020

1 hr 1 min

This episode of the Balance was recorded in a beautiful heritage building which serves as the headquarters of the BC Lung Association before the COVID19 pandemic began and over zoom during the second phase of the COVID19 pandemic. In this Episode, we talk to Chris Lam, President & CEO of BC Lung Association. This conversation took place about a month before our province declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Since then, BC Lung Association has stepped up to take on an integral information-sharing role about COVID-19 and lung health. Later we talk to Annie Smith, the Executive Director of the McCreary Centre Society, who made time to discuss vaping as it relates to youth in BC. BC Lung Association: https://bc.lung.ca/ #GetTheScoop – PSA about youth vaping (https://bc.lung.ca/news/new-video-flavoured-vapes-hook-kids) QuitNow (https://bc.lung.ca/how-we-can-help/quit-smoking-support-and-community) Vaping Prevention Toolkit (https://bc.lung.ca/how-we-can-help/vaping/vaping-prevention-toolkit) Clearing the Air: a youth-led research project about vaping 2018 BC Adolescent Survey (https://mcs.bc.ca/pdf/yrs_clearing_the_air.pdf) Check back to McCreary Centre Society’s webpage for the results of the recent Vaping and Tobacco Survey: https://www.mcs.bc.ca/ The podcast theme song is Sneaky Business by Biz Baz Studio. You can listen to the whole song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=In5JQdQHH5E The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you so much for listening.

Dec 2020

49 min 37 sec

Welcome to first episode of The Balance, a public health podcast brought to you by the BC Alliance for Healthy Living. Recorded at the first ever British Columbia Active Transportation Summit, a 2-day event at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC organized by the British Columbia Cycling Coalition. We interview a variety of attendees at the event who have an interest and stake in active transportation. The podcast theme song is Sneaky Business by Biz Baz Studio. You can listen to the whole song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=In5JQdQHH5E The Balance is recorded and produced by BCAHL’s Communications Manager on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Thank you for listening and now, let's talk #ActiveTransportation!

Nov 2019

13 min 7 sec