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Healthy Choices Philosophy and Guiding Principles

Healthy Choices Philosophy and Guiding Principles

RDN Recreation and Parks Department


In response to an ever increasing world wide concern regarding inactivity and obesity rates the British Columbia Provincial Government made a commitment to affect change in the lives of British Columbians. The Healthy Food and Beverage Sales in Recreation Facilities and Local Government Buildings Initiative (HFBS) was launched in 2008. This initiative is coordinated through the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities with funding provided through the BC Healthy Living Alliance and support from ActNowBC. In support of this initiative the Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation and Parks Department received grant funding in 2009 to assess its food services delivery and develop the Healthy Choices Philosophy and Guiding Principles. In November 2010, the Regional District of Nanaimo Board adopted the philosophy, guiding principles and three year implementation chart as presented below.


To establish a philosophy and guiding principles for the provision of healthy food and beverage choices in relation to services provided through the Recreation and Parks Department. The philosophy and principles will be incorporated into the various service functions directly managed by the Department including the facilities of Oceanside Place and Ravensong Aquatic Centre and program services in District 69, Electoral Area A, and Parks.


The Recreation and Parks Department is committed to encouraging and educating residents and visitors to the District 69 community in making healthy lifestyle choices, in both physical activity and eating habits.

Guiding Principles:

Healthy food and beverage choices will be available where food is sold and/or provided throughout the Department. Promotion of healthy food choices goes hand in hand with the Department's mandate to encourage physical activity and being active at all ages. This messaging will be consistently promoted as Stay Active, Eat Healthy. To promote healthy food and beverage choices, the Department will…

Through Implementation:

Through Education:

Through Communication:

Three Year Percentage Transition Chart

  Recommended % Recommended %
of Choose Most and Choose Sometimes Choose Most Choose Sometimes of Choose Least and Not Recommended Choose Least Not Recommended
Year 1
Vending 70% 50% 20% 30% 15% 15%
Food Services 50% 25% 25% 50% 25% 25%
Year 2
Vending 80% 60% 20% 20% 10% 10%
Food Services 60% 35% 25% 40% 20% 20%
Year 3
Vending 100% 70% 30% 0% 0% 0%
Food Services 70% 50% 20% 30% 15% 15%

For more information about this project, please contact either the:

Superintendent of Arena Services
250-248-3252, at Oceanside Place

Or the,

Superintendent of Aquatic Services
250-752-5014, at Ravensong Aquatic Centre

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