When healthcare professionals encourage their patients to get moving by prescribing physical activity, it helps open the door to effective and preventative measures that can dramatically reduce healthcare costs and improve numerous long-term health outcomes. Prescription to Get Active (RxTGA) was created to build an alliance with healthcare professionals to help support conversations between prescribers and their patients about getting more active. Research supports that patients who receive a direct recommendation to increase physical activity from a trusted healthcare provider are more likely to be motivated to change their lifestyle and behaviour and live healthier, more active lives.
Physical activity is the top form of preventative healthcare and too many Canadians are not moving enough. A prescription from a trusted healthcare professional has proven to be an effective way to help get them started. This prescription:
- Takes seconds to administer
- Allows you to help your patients improve their quality of life through the prevention of chronic conditions
- Provides support and a range of activity options for your patients depending on their lifestyle and physical abilities
Prescribers are partners who write prescriptions directly to patients. This includes:
- Medical Doctors
- Nurses Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Registered Pharmacists*
- Mental Health Practitioners*
- Behavioural Counsellors*
- Social Workers*
- Massage Therapists
*Must be in a dedicated practice relationship with a medical doctor or nurse practitioner, with shared medical records and/or continuity of patient care.
Prescription To Get Active prescribers are required to be in a clinical or counselling setting and must be directly affiliated with a medical doctor or nurse practitioner-led clinic. Partners would not include healthcare professionals with a private business or organization.
To see a complete list of who and who can not prescribe, read the Prescriber Policy
Health teams, clinics and independent healthcare professionals can become prescribers under the chapter in your area. To become a prescriber:
- Check to see if there is a chapter in your region.
- If you are a member of a health team (PCN, FHT, FHO, etc) check to see if your organization is already a member
- Read through the Prescriber Package
- Complete the online application to become a partner
- Get approval and sign a partner agreement
- Start prescribing
If there is not a chapter in your area, talk to us about how you can help to get one started.
Check out who is prescribing in your area already.
Not all healthcare providers know about Prescription to Get Active. If your healthcare provider is not listed, please contact us.
Use the 'Search Cities' drop down to filter by region. Then, click on a clinic to the right to highlight that clinic on the map. You may also type the name of a clinic in 'Search Service Locations' to see if a clinic near you is a participant.
Click on a clinic to the right to center the map on that clinic. Use the 'City' dropdown to filter clinics by region.
The site uses your location to find healthcare resources near you. If the page does not show results within 30 seconds, please change your search criteria by using the "Search Cities" command or enter a clinic name to search. Distance based search without entering a filter region name will search the area around the map center.
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