How to Live Healthy

A very tiny percentage of people have a “perfect” magazine body (even most magazine models). Yet many people spend their lifetime battling their natural shape to attain this “perfection” and miss out on a lot of fun along the way.

For some people, dieting can get to the point where it becomes dangerous. A person who suffers from Anorexia Nervosa deliberately starves themselves, while a person with Bulimia will eat a lot of food in a short period, then either fast then vomit, or use laxatives to get rid of the food. They become stuck in this cycle, sometimes not even realizing that they have a problem, and often not knowing how to get out. If you, a family member, or a friend has an eating disorder, you can get help.

There are some good and bad ways to manage your weight. Here are some groups that will understand your problems, and fitness centres to get a healthy workout.

Alexandra Marine and General Hospital

Outpatient eating disorder programs in affliation with the Children’s Hospital, London, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program * Eating Disorders Services * Services for adults, youth and their parents include: therapy groups * psychosocial rehabilitation groups * skill based educational groups * individual counselling * advocacy and consultation * parental support

Alexandra Marine and General Hospital

Outreach Counselling to adolescents and adults diagnosed with an eating disorder or engaging in eating disorder behaviours * psychoeducation for youth and their parents, including skill based educational groups, individual counselling, advocacy and consultation * family based treatment model recognized as evidence based treatment

Parental involvement strongly encouraged for adolescents.

Program offered in various locations throughout Huron County, call for details.

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance

Outpatient eating disorder programs provide:
* assessment and nutrition counselling with a Registered Dietitian for individuals with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Disordered eating behaviours
* physician and psychiatry support
* support and education within Perth County and Huron County schools

In affiliation with the Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program.

National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Telephone information and support * referrals to treatment services, resources, support groups * workshops for schools, community groups, professionals * lectures * public awareness campaigns * prevention * sponsored by University Health Network Toronto General Hospital

Dietitians of Canada

Professional association * national accrediting organization for dietetic education and dietetic internship/practicum programs *online directory of dietitians * EatRight Ontario 1-877-510-5102 — information in English and French regarding nutrition and healthy eating * includes Ask a Dietitian, nutrition tools and links to additional resources

YMCA of Stratford-Perth

Health, Fitness, and Recreation complex offers a variety of programs * physical activities and sports for people of all ages and abilities * the YMCA is a multi-service charity providing opportunities for growth in spirit, mind and body for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities * the YMCA is open to all

YMCA of Goderich-Huron

Public arena that offers seasonal programs such as hockey, ice skating, and other ice sports * meeting space available for rental * full kitchen and auditorium operating year round

YMCA of Stratford-Perth

Fitness classes for all ages * educational and social programs * preschool programs * aquatic programs * pool * gym * licensed child care * day camps * fitness centre * youth centres

Summer day camps offer a variety of programming for children ages 3-16 including: cooking, yoga, singing, art, sports, canoeing, swimming and karate.

North Huron Wescast Community Complex

Hockey arena * public skating * indoor pool * fitness * squash * volleyball and basketball

Volunteers are welcome, call for details.

Vanastra Recreation Centre

Community Centre * indoor swimming pool * swimming lessons * Weight room * sauna * fitness classes- Aqua Aerobics * Aquatic Therapy for knee and hip replacement,* summer day camp * Standard First Aid and CPR-C Training* Indoor Kayak/Canoe*Pool Rentals for birthday parities or special events

ConnexOntario Health Services Information

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  • information about community-based counselling services and supports
  • strategies to meet goals
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Web chat with information and referral specialist available * operated by ConnexOntario Health Services Information