BC Children’s Hospital

Live 5-2-1-0 is BC Children’s Hospital’s community-based Type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity prevention initiative. We partner with communities across the province to improve practices, policies, and environments so the healthy choice is the easy choice for kids and families.

In the spring of 2016, we launched a multi-phase project to bring the Live 5-2-1-0 initiative to the BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) ‘community’. With over 85,000 children and youth accessing services at BCCH each year, we have an incredible opportunity to help create an environment where children, youth and their families can learn the skills they need to adopt healthy habits and where staff promote and support healthy lifestyles.

In an effort to create a healthier community environment where the Live 5-2-1-0 message is shared and supported we’ve made some changes around the Ambulatory Care Building:

Live 5-2-1-0 Healthcare Provider Toolkit – A needs assessment was conducted to gather the perspectives of hospital-based health care providers and patients and their families on current practices/experiences related to health promotion at BCCH, as well as their perceived needs related to delivering (health care provider) or receiving (patient/family) health promotion counselling during clinical encounters. This assessment included online surveys and in-person focus groups. A summary of the health care provider survey’s findings is displayed in this infographic. Based on the results of the needs assessment we developed the Live 5-2-1-0 Healthcare Provider Toolkit to provide healthcare providers with the tools, resources and training they need to integrate the assessment and promotion of health behaviours into their usual practice. The Toolkit is currently being used in several Ambulatory clinics.

Staircase revitalization – using the stairs instead of the elevator is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into your daily behaviours. To nudge more individuals to step up instead of ride up, we’ve given the open staircase in the Ambulatory building a freshen up using colorful paint and some special spirit bears.

Active floor decals – floor decals are a fun way of turning a passive environment into an active one – kids (and adults too!) are encouraged to hop, jump, skip and play as they travel down the hallway. Vibrant west coast themed floor and glass decals have transformed the second floor hallway into an active river bank – kids can now balance on river logs, measure how far they can jump alongside frogs, or follow animal tracks to see where they lead.

Scavenger hunt – children and families often have long waits in the hospital in between clinic appointments or while waiting for medical procedures. To provide a screen-free activity that encourages kids to actively use their bodies and minds, we’ve developed a scavenger hunt to accompany the floor decals that requires kids to find, solve, and do a number of challenges.

Live 5-2-1-0 Playbox – BC’s 72nd Live 5-2-1-0 Playbox has been installed at BC Children’s Hospital! The Playbox – which has balls, hula hoops, badminton rackets, chalk, bubbles and more – provides children and families with shared equipment to play outside and be active while spending time at the hospital.

Check back here for future updates on how we’re making BC Children’s a Live 5-2-1-0 Community!


We would like to thank the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for their generous support in bringing this initiative to the hospital.