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Men’s Healthy Eating & Active Living

Why Men?

Obesity rates among northern men are higher than the rest of BC1. In 2009-10, 45% of the BC population was considered obese or overweight, while the northern health region averaged 57%2.

The lifetime risk of developing cancer can be reduced by:3

eatingConsuming a Healthy Diet
livingStaying Physically Active
activeMaintaining a Healthy Weight

Implementing new approaches to support healthy lifestyles among men is a priority in strengthening cancer prevention services in northern BC.

The Men’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (M-HEAL) Initiative

The Canadian Cancer Society, BC Cancer Agency and Northern Health, along with researchers from the University of British Columbia and Athabasca University, are combining their resources and expertise to introduce initiatives that can be offered in workplaces to support men’s engagement in healthy eating and active living.

Team Members

Click on the pictures below to learn more about each team member.

Principal Investigators



Research Staff

Work Study Students

Name Year
Haleema Jaffer-Hirji 2013-2015
Kimberly Rempel 2013/2014
Quinn Harris 2014
Andriyana Chychkevych 2014/2015
Jonathan Louie 2015
Kennedy McCutcheon 2015/2016
Alana Perusse 2015/2016
  • 1 Kerr J. (2011). Where are the Men? Chief Medical Health Officer’s Report on the Health and Wellbeing of Men and Boys in Northern BC.
  • 2 BC Cancer Agency. (2012). British Columbia Regional Cancer Control Statistics Report; Available here.
  • 3 Parkin, D.M. (2011). The fraction of cancer attributable to lifestyle and environmental factors in the UK in 2010. British Journal of Cancer, 105, S77-S81.
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