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).
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.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.