Welcome to Island Health

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.



Healthy food is essential for growing children but, like you, your child’s relationship to food is not just nutritional. Choosing, preparing, and enjoying food is often a family affair. Many children show their first signs of independence at mealtime.

You can help your preschooler develop healthy eating habits and attitudes toward food.

  • Provide your preschooler with a healthy range of foods following recommendations in the Canada Health Guide.
  • Preschool children need routines. Regular and frequent meal and snack times give them the nutrition they need and help them develop healthy eating habits.
  • Allow your preschooler to make decisions about food. Offer him healthy choices and allow him to decide how much he needs to eat.
  • Model healthy eating habits, a healthy body weight, and positive self-image for your child.
  • Respect the food preferences of your child, but also encourage her to try new things to develop her sense of taste, and her acceptance and enjoyment of new foods.
  • Avoid using food to bribe, comfort, or control your child.