Since June 2011, B.C. family physicians have been providing tools that help British Columbians that belong to one of the at-risk populations (smoker, unhealthy eating, physically inactive, obese) get on the road to a healthier lifestyle.
Prescription for Health is available to patients with one or more of the following risk factors:
- unhealthy eating (excess calories, fat or sodium in their diet);
- physical inactivity (less than 30 minutes of activity several times per week); and
- medical obesity (a body mass index of 30 or more).
The Prescription for Health Program was developed in partnership with the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC). GPSC is a joint committee of the Ministry of Health and the BC Medical Association that focuses on better supporting family physicians and community-level patient care in communities around the province.
DID YOU KNOW? People who are physically active for 30 minutes a day, control their weight, eat healthy foods, and refrain from smoking reduce their risk factors for most chronic diseases by up to 80 percent.