Interior Conference Coast Kamloops Hotel October 24th and 25th

Aboriginal RunWalk & Honour Your Health Challenge

Helping you to create your own community healthy living project

Are you an employee of a First Nation, Métis Chartered Community or Friendship Centre, an Aboriginal Education or Health promoter, or simply interested in leading an Aboriginal group in your community that promotes health and wellness? If so, then the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities program is for you!


  • AHLA documents are also available on our website:   
  • We are attempting to increase the number of male participants. If anyone knows of men working in the health area or employed by an aboriginal organization, please encourage them to register 
  • Please note that registration is limited, once your registration form is received you will be notified of acceptance.


Designed to bring together community leaders and individuals who are passionate about supporting health and wellness, the 2012/13 Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities begins with a series of regionally based Leader Training Conferences delivered in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council and SportMedBC. Workshops offered at the conferences will combine leader training for both the Aboriginal RunWalk and the Honour Your Health Challenge programs. The conferences are designed to build leadership capacity within Aboriginal communities and promote healthy living in key areas such as, but not limited to: increased physical activity, healthy eating, reduction of tobacco misuse and healthy pregnancies. At the conclusion of the 2-day Leader Training Conferences, participants will be eligible to apply for a grant to support the delivery of an Aboriginal RunWalk program or to create a healthy living project as part of the Honour Your Health Challenge.


— These 13-week programs support participants of all fitness levels in preparing to walk or run a 10K event. SportMedBC will provide training and support to community leaders as they facilitate a RunWalk training program, starting in January 2013. Upon completion of the Leader Training Conferences, community leaders will have the training, tools and resources to motivate and inspire participants to successfully complete a 10K walk or run.


—Individuals will emerge from the training workshops equipped to develop and deliver their own 6-week Honour Your Health Challenge project within their community or Friendship Centre that promotes a healthy lifestyle in the areas of increased physical activity, healthy eating, reduction of tobacco misuse and healthy pregnancies. Training workshops consists of information/resource sharing and educational training in the areas of health and wellness. These workshops will be delivered by facilitators with expertise in their respective areas, including traditional/holistic health, exercise, tobacco cessation, childhood obesity, food skills, and more.


— Minor grants, which may be critical to the success of establishing healthy living projects in Aboriginal communities and Friendship Centres across BC, are available. Trained Aboriginal RunWalk and Honour Your Health Challenge leaders can apply for these grants to support the delivery of one of the following project areas:

 Planning and hosting of a 5k or 10k Run/Walk event. SportMedBC and the Partners Council encourage RunWalk events to operate on National Aboriginal Day (June 21, 2013)

 Development and implementation of a 6-week program (between January and March 2013) aligned to one or more of the four Healthy Living priority areas (Nutrition, Physical Activity, Healthy Pregnancies and/or Smoking Cessation or Prevention)


Minor grants are available ONLY to those that have attended a Leader Training Conference.

For additional information on any of these activities, please email:

Dallas SquireManager – Healthy Living Activities –

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