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

COVID19 Office Closed. All services are being offered via phone or planned video conferencing service.

Outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults diagnosed with an eating disorder or engaging in disordered eating.
Individual Counselling, Psychoeducation, Family Based Treatment, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Support for parents/partners, treatment groups. Advocacy and support in navigating the spectrum of services available to those diagnosed with an eating disorder.

Parental involvement strongly encouraged for adolescents.

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

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance

Outreach Eating Disorder Program provides:
The Eating Disorders Program provides treatment for presenting concerns related to:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Disordered eating behaviours

Therapy is provided by a Registered Social Worker. In affiliation with the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program at LHSC.

Appointments available in Listowel as well as Stratford.

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 Three Rivers

COVID19 Facility open with limited hours and COVID19 protocols. Online programming for Mind-Body-Spirit HERE

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

COVID19 Facility is closed but lots of programming for Mind-Body-Spirit HERE

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 Three Rivers

COVID19 Facility open with limited hours and COVID19 protocols. Online programming for Mind-Body-Spirit HERE

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

Virtual 2SLGBTQ+ Newcomer Peer Support Group (for High School Students in Stratford-Perth County) – join discussions, make connections and increase your sense of belonging within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Every week on Thu during Pride Month from 4 pm-5:30 pm via Zoom – attend as many, or as few, sessions as you like. Dates – Jun 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. For more information contact Rebecca Mallozzi – 226-808-7358, or EMAIL

North Huron Wescast Community Complex

COVID19Facilities closed until further notice.
Complex has a hockey arena, public skating, indoor pool , fitness area, squash court and volleyball and basketball. Volunteers are welcome, contact for details.

Vanastra Recreation Centre

Community Centre with 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 available.

ConnexOntario Health Services Information

Confidential telephone, chat, and email information and referral and listening service providing detailed descriptions of mental health services and supports in Ontario, including how to access them

  • information about community-based counselling services and supports
  • strategies to meet goals
  • support
  • basic mental illness education

Web chat with information and referral specialist available * operated by ConnexOntario Health Services Information