Prescription for Health

 

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: 

  • smoking;
  • 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.

Learn More About Prescription for Health

Personal Health Risk Assessment

March 8, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC

Family physicians can conduct a Personal Health Risk Assessment visit with their patients who belong to one of the at-risk populations (smoker, unhealthy eating, physically inactive, obese) either as part of proactive care or in response to a request for preventive care from a patient.

Lifestyle Support Services

March 8, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC

As part of the Prescription for Health program, participating patients may be referred to free-of-charge telephone-based lifestyle support services to assist patients in achieving their individual lifestyle change goals.

Physical Activity and Nutrition Program Subsidy Incentive

March 8, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC

Small investments in your health can add up to a lifetime of health benefits. That's why as an incentive.

Frequently Asked Questions

March 8, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC

Looking for more information on the Prescription for Health program? Here are some answers that can help.

HealthyFamilies BC Tools

Breastfeeding Buddy

Breastfeeding Buddy

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Sodium Sense

Sodium Sense

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Your Virtual Shopping Tour

Shopping Sense

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How Much Sugar Are You Drinking?

Sugary Drink Sense

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