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Building a healthier drinking culture for post-secondary students

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Health

Building a healthier drinking culture for post-secondary students

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Laura Heinze
Media Relations Manager
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)
Media Contacts
Laura Heinze
Media Relations Manager
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

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B.C. campuses participating in the project

The following post-secondary institutions are participating in the project:

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology – conducting an on-campus survey to gain a better understanding of the role society plays in influencing student drinking on campus.
  • Okanagan College – conducting a survey to assess campus culture related to alcohol and other drugs and looking at the role of alcohol in sexual violence on campus.
  • Thompson Rivers University – working to revamp the culture of drinking in residence using the Drink with Class campaign, targeting students during their first six weeks in residence with multiple strategies to encourage responsible drinking.
  • University of Victoria – creating multiple strategies for shifting the drinking culture in residence and through health services, including updating the student residence alcohol policy and website and introducing the eCheckupToGo program for first year students.
  • Camosun College – Using interactive theatre to engage those at the school, promoting dialogue around substance use and examining issues around oppression and social justice on campus with faculty and students.
  • Simon Fraser University – engaging international students who are making cultural adjustments to Canadian society through healthy eating and cooking workshops, including issues related to substance use.
  • University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus – engaging students and campus stakeholders to better understand the mental health and substance use needs on campus and promote a healthy campus environment.
  • Vancouver Island University – implementing and testing a policy that aims to nurture healthy patterns of alcohol use in residence, by encouraging less isolated and more responsible, social use of alcohol and encouraging students to eat a proper meal and prepare themselves adequately for a night out.
  • Capilano University – Students, staff and faculty have been engaging in conversations about creating a healthier campus community. Students created a short film documenting responses to the question, ‘What makes a healthy campus community?’.
  • Selkirk College – Using the Dinner Baskets program, designed to offer students the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a meal together, while exploring and reflecting on the culture of substance use on campus. Currently expanding this program to the residence community.
  • University of Northern British Columbia – working collaboratively with the athletic department and student athletes on a program called Healthy Athletes for a Healthy Student Body, which encourages athletes to be positive leaders in the campus community.

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