General Health: Having a good family doctor helps you to achieve wellness. A family doctor can track your medical history, offer advice on nutrition and fitness, and make referrals to specialist doctors when needed. To find a family doctor near you, call 811.
Reliable Medical Information: It is very important to find a trustworthy source of advice and information. Healthlink BC offers information about how to care for an illness or medical condition. If you have questions about what you have read or if you would like to speak with a live medical professional you can call 811, which is a servica available 24 hours a day, to speak with a nurse or pharmacist.
Juggling classes, assignments, studying, a social life and maybe even a part-time job while managing a tight budget is a definite challenge. Start the school year strong by making healthy eating a priority. Consult the Canada Food Guide. Eating well will fuel your mind and body to help you with your schoolwork, maintain a healthy weight, and keep your body strong to fight off germs.
According to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, to achieve the health benefits from exercise people age 18 – 64 should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. The Physical Activity Line (PAL) is British Columbia’s primary physical activity counselling service and your FREE phone line and online resource to active healthy living. Call 811 with questions about fitness.
It is so important for you to get enough sleep before class. Adequate sleep helps to improve your memory, concentration, and motivation. When you are chronically tired the tasks of the day ahead seem unmanageable. You may find yourself making poorer choices that do not benefit your health and wellness. To figure out how much sleep you need to feel alert and energized in your day try using the Sleepyti.me bedtime calculator.
Optometrists perform routine vision testing, prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, detect vision problems and eye disease, refer to specialists, prescribe medicines to treat some diseases of the eye, and provide care before and after eye surgery. Routine eye exams are not covered under your Medical Services Plan (MSP) or Guard.me insurance plan. If you have questions or concerns about your eye health speak with the nurse.
Good preventative oral care such as flossing once and brushing twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush is very important to maintaining good physical health. Drink water to help dilute the acids in your mouth and protect teeth from cavities. Limit beverage choices like sports drinks, coffee, diet sodas, or regular sodas as they may increase the chances for tooth decay. Routine dental checkups are not covered under your Medical Services Plan (MSP) or Guard.me plan. If you have questions or concerns about your dental health find a dentist or see the nurse for a list of lower cost dental clinics in your area.
Staying free of disease and illness is another great way to feel good and stay physically well. Learn more about immunizations that are recommended in British Columbia.
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Opt clinics provide non-judgmental birth control counselling and low cost contraceptives and supplies, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and Pap testing, pregnancy testing, options counselling, and general sexual health information and referrals. Services are offered for all ages, genders, and orientations. Call 604-731-7803 or visit www.optionsforsexualhealth.org