Health Happens at Doctors and Dentists Offices
Health encompasses more than showing up to an appointment with your doctor or dentist’s offices when something goes wrong. Your doctor and dentist not only treat illness, but can also help you prevent illness and injury by discussing healthy habits and choices. They are able to connect you with allied health professionals and community providers that provide support and tools in your community.
In South Georgian Bay there are numerous health care providers to help you and your family. Doctors can connect you with allied health professionals and community providers that provide support and tools to improve health and well-being in your community. Every interaction with a doctor, allied health professional, or community member provides an opening to discuss and reinforce the importance of adopting healthy behaviours to decrease each child’s chance of developing chronic illnesses!
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10 HOURS OF SLEEP
Are you having trouble sleeping? Your healthcare provider can assess your current sleep habits and connect you with resources to help maximize sleeps wonderful benefits.
Need help getting your child to sleep and waking up rested? Could you benefit from a few more restful hours of shut eye too? Speaking with your healthcare provider can be the first step to reaching better, restful sleep in your home. Ask for tips and tricks on how to maximize sleep!
Sleep routines are important for everyone. Check in with your patients to see how well they are doing and offer support to connect with local resources. Help your patients make sleep apart of their daily routine!
10 HOURS OF SLEEP
Make sleep a part of your everyday routine! Watch videos about why sleep is important and discover other useful resources to help achieve more restful shut eye!
5 SERVINGS FRUIT + VEGGIES
Thinking you could fuel your body with better food choices? Check with your doctor about a referral to see a Registered Dietitian. A Registered Dietitian can help you discover your new favourite food! They will guide you to plan, buy and prepare the best food choice for your lifestyle and circumstances.
Thinking you and your family can benefit from help with buying and preparing healthy and more nutritious foods? Do you have a picky eater or someone in the family that struggles to eat well? A referral to a Registered Dietitian could be the first step to changes.
Working in a busy healthcare clinic can leave you with limited time and energy to prepare the foods that will help you make it through the day. Ask a Registered Dietitian how they might help you strategize ways that can keep you moving around the clinic.
5 SERVINGS FRUIT + VEGGIES LEARN MORE Choose to boost veggies and fruit! Learn why vegetables and fruit are the best to fuel your body. Watch videos and discover interactive apps to colour up your life!
2 or Less Hours Recreational Screen Time
Not sure if you’re getting too much recreational screen time? Talk with your doctor about why theCanadian Pediatric Society is recommending less than 2 hours of recreational screen time a day to achieve greater health and wellness benefits. We can’t get away from homework and jobs that use screens but we can limit how we use phones, TVs and tablets for our spare time.
It can be tough to get kids to behave the way we would like sometimes. Using a screen can seem harmless enough, but is it getting to be too much? Need some help with managing recreational screen time? Talk with your doctor about tips and tricks on managing screen time and behaviors.
Provide alternatives to TVs in your waiting rooms! Have books & toys on hand to occupy children while they wait. You can also provide colouring pages with healthy messaging. If you have room think about setting up a kid size table and chairs to make sitting more inviting.
2 HOURS OR LESS RECREATIONAL SCREEN TIME LEARN MORE Take a break, turn it off. Unplug and play! Learn how screen time can affect your health and try new ways to set healthy screen time limits. Be sure not to stay too long!
1 Hour Physical Activity
Do you want to learn more ways you can be active? Have you had an injury that has kept you from participating in your favourite sport? One of the best ways to learn about how you can be more physically active is through your doctor. Your doctor is able to connect you with health professionals who have expertise surrounding physical activity and all its health benefits.
Are you worried you aren’t reaching the recommended levels of physical activity? Seeking different and unique ways to increase your child’s activity levels? Talk to your doctor about a referral to a Registered Kinesiologist or Health Promoter who can provide you with more in depth physical activity and healthy lifestyle counseling.
Provide the physical activity recommendations and access to resources to help improve patients physical fitness. Consider using green prescriptions to promote physical activity participation! This will help to encourage patients to discover the outdoor trails in the South Georgian Bay community. If your patient would like to receive more in depth information regarding physical activity and its benefits provide a referral to a Registered Kinesiologist or Health Promoter.
1 HOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEARN MORE Run • Jump • Play • Everyday • Watch cool videos to learn about new activities and sports you can enjoy with friends. Start a family competition and have everyone track their steps with one of the suggested apps!
0 Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
When you’re thirsty reach for your water bottle or a glass of water! Talk to your doctor to learn how much sugar is actually in pop, juice and sport drinks. Discover how you can make water more fun to drink!
During an appointment with your doctor ask for resources and discuss how to decrease your child’s and your own consumption of sugary beverages. Water is easily accessible but you may be finding you are bored because of the limited taste. Consider creating your own flavoured water recipes with individual or a combination of fruits and vegetables!
Consider purchasing a water cooler to provide both patients and staff with a healthy non-sugary beverage. Supply an interactive sugar display and posters displaying key messages about sugary drinks and alternative healthy drink choices!
0 SUGAR – SWEETENED BEVERAGES LEARN MORE Water does wonders! Why is water the best choice for thirst? You are what you drink! Click here to find out why to fuel your body with water.
Are you not feeling like yourself? Reach out for help and discuss with your parents, doctor, or both regarding the possibility of a referral to a mental health counsellor or social worker.
As a parent or guardian, you know your child best and it is important that you listen and watch for changes in their behaviour, feelings and thoughts. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and if they just aren’t themselves considering asking your doctor for a referral to a mental health counsellor or social worker.
During well-child visits discuss the developmental and behavioural growth of each child. Ask the child about their thoughts and feelings and discuss concerns regarding mental health with them individually or with their parent.
MENTAL HEALTH LEARN MORE There is no health without mental health. Mental health matters. Click to learn where you can talk to someone and the importance of connecting with family and friends, as well as your doctor or counsellor.
Are you looking for more resources to positively influence your child’s behaviour? Ask your doctor and learn about different parenting support groups or programs you can connect with! Help your child ease into different stages and overcome milestones throughout their childhood.
Help to create more resilient kids in the South Georgian Bay Community by notifying parents of the different resources available to them to help navigate through parenthood. Assist parents as they are a key component of their child’s learning and success.
FAMILY LIFE LEARN MORE Life with kids is messy and that is ok! Fill your parenting tool box with humor, tips and more!
Looking for some help accessing one or more meals a day? Do you need help accessing transportation to help meet your most basic needs? Ask your doctor for information about a youth advocate or different community providers.
Ask your doctor to connect you with community resources to help achieve yours and your child’s most basic needs. Your doctor may be able to connect you with professionals who have expertise in managing your finances.
Consider a motivational interviewing approach when discussing sensitive topics. Be mindful and sensitive! All families come from different backgrounds and attend to their needs by providing information for different community resource programs.
MONEY LEARN MORE Your income can affect your health. Learn about South Georgian Bay’s many resources and tools to help you meet your most basic needs.
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