What makes us healthy? Expert weighs in

A public health expert, Dr. Trevor Hancock explores the connections between the state of our community and our individual health

A public health expert, Dr. Trevor Hancock, from the University of Victoria, explores the connections between the state of our community and our individual health Monday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 pm at the New Life Baptist Church at 1839 Tzouhalem Rd.

What makes us healthy? Increasingly, evidence suggests that instead of doctors and hospitals, factors such as good housing, safe streets and public transit are more important when it comes to our health, he says.

He’s been asked to the Valley by the group Board Meets Board Cowichan (BMBC).

“Emphasis in the media and the recent federal election has been on the economy,” explains Leslie Welin of BMBC.”

The economy is important, but it is only one factor that supports health in our community. We have invited Dr. Hancock to speak in order to investigate the underpinnings of a healthy community,” she said.

The session explores these questions and looks at transforming vision into action.

Entry to the event is $16 per person, which includes dinner. Since dinners are pre-ordered, there will be no registration at the door.

Preregistration is required through eventbrite: www.eventbrite.ca/e/gathering-of-changemakers-what-business-are-we-in-growing-the-economy-or-growing-people-tickets-18705880793?aff=ehomecard