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On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Central Island Healthy Lifestyles - Shapedown BC

We empower children and teens 6-17 years old and their families to live their healthiest lifestyle possible.

How will my family benefit from this program?

The Shapedown BC program builds on the strength of the family.  We support families to make healthy eating and active lifestyle changes.  Children and teens will see improved self-esteem and peer relationships and adopt healthier habits.  Parents will feel better about the Their parenting and about their child.  The whole family can become healthier and closer.

What is involved?

This is a free 10-12 week program with two group sessions per week.  Families participate in one 2-hour evening session that includes 30 minutes of activity and a 1-hour active, weekend session.  We also provide additional  financial support upon completion of the program to help your family maintain the lifestyle changes you have started.  This may include registration for classes, lessons or recreational passes.  

This program is for:

  • Children between 6-17 years of age
  • Children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 97%
    (children with BMI between 85-97% will be considered if other medical conditions are present)
  • Families ready to make changes and attend on a regular basis 

How do I sign up?

Enrolment in the program is by physician referral.  Talk to your doctor if you believe this program is right for your family, or give us a call and we can help with the referral process.  

Central Island Healthy Lifestyles Referral Form (PDF)

Our Locations

The program is operated out of two locations:

Main office
Bowen Centre
#39-1925 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC  V9S 1H1

Group programs
Oliver Woods Community Centre
6000 Oliver Road
Nanaimo, BC  V9T 6T6