Improving your health
Your doctor is the person best able to help you plan your course of action to improve your health. S/he will also decide whether you need medication(s) along with your lifestyle changes. You can also ask your doctor to refer you to other health professionals to help you with any concerns about nutrition, physical activity or body weight that you may have.
Improving your eating habits
A registered dietitian can help you to improve your eating habits. S/he can help you develop a personalized healthy eating plan and discuss any questions you might have about the foods you eat, a heart healthy diet, a body weight and eating for weight loss. Call your nearest Public Health Department and speak with their registered dietitians if your doctor does not have a registered dietitian whom s/he works with on a regular basis. You can also go to the Dietitians of Canada website at www.dietitians.ca to find a dietitian in your area.
Improving your physical fitness
A certified physical activity or fitness professional can help you become more physically active. S/he can help you develop a physical activity plan and discuss any questions you might have regarding flexibility exercises, strength training, endurance activities, fitness programs and the best types of activities strong muscles and bones and a healthy heart. If your doctor does not have a certified physical activity or fitness professional whom s/he works with on a regular basis, speak with the physical activity professionals at your local recreational facilities.