Community for All
As part of the Healthy City Strategy, City planners and Interior Health public health practitioners worked together on the first of six theme areas: creating a Community for All.
The Community for All Action Plan identifies areas to adapt policies, plans and programs to respond to the evolving needs of our community. Taking steps to enable seniors to live healthier lifestyles will provide co-benefits to children and residents with diverse abilities, enabling them to be active and be engaged within our community.
In 2019 , through the work of the Community for All Action Plan, Kelowna achieved Age-Friendly BC Community Recognition from the BC Ministry of Health. The Province acknowledged that the Community for All Action Plan targets not only seniors, but a combination of ages and abilities – including children and those with diverse abilities – to create an inclusive community.
In 2017, we completed an assessment of City parks and buildings as they relate to age and ability friendly design. Information regarding the accessibility and age friendly amenities of Kelowna's parks and buildings can be found in People in Motion's Accessibility Guide.
- Kelowna’s senior population is growing and will increase from the current rate of 20 per cent to 24 per cent by 2040, as predicted in our Community Trends Report
- One in three people in B.C. are living with one or more diagnosed chronic diseases, which consumes approximately 80 per cent of the provincial health care budget as per the Province of B.C. document Promote, Protect, Prevent: Our Health Begins Here
- 50 per cent of adults and 91 per cent of children and youth don’t get the recommended levels of physical activity according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation
- Canada’s childhood obesity rate of 26 per cent is among the highest in the world and has almost doubled in the last 25 years, according to Government of Canada document Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids