Prescription for Health

Yesterday, I wrote how grownups can get into that Back to School spirit by re-examining their routines, choosing fresh new goals and taking the first steps towards an even healthier, happier future.

Since June 1, 2011, the Ministry of Health in partnership with the GPSC (General Practice Services Committee) launched the Healthy Lifestyle Prescription for Health program. Family physicians have been given new tools to help their patients adopt healthier lifestyles. You can book a special Personal Health Risk Assessment with your family physician if you have at least one of the following risk factors: (1) smoking, (2) unhealthy eating (excess calories, fat or sodium), (3) physical inactivity (less than 30 minutes of activity several times a week) or (4) obesity.

At these visits, British Columbians will be able to set a health goal with their family doctors who can refer them to free-of-charge telephone-based lifestyle support services. These include the physical activity line, dietician services, smoking cessation programs (, patient voices network peer coaching program, self-management programs and Bounce Back (for mental health). For more information, check the program website at

If you’re not a BC resident, you can still find great resources on healthy lifestyle changes at



About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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