Reminders

Health and Wellness 2007

Health and Wellness: 2007 Archive

Physical health and active lifestyles are important contributors to the quality of individuals' lives.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, references to "Kitchener" refer to the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).

Stress Levels impact on a person's ability to deal with crisis, and have been linked to a number of physical and emotional problems.

% With "Quite a Lot" of Life Stress, 2005
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  • Waterloo Region: 22.4 %
  • London: 20.7 %
  • Windsor: 22.9 %
  • Hamilton: 23.6 %

 

 

Source: Canada Health Survey, http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-221-XIE/2006001/tables/t004b.pdf

Being Active is important both for physical health and mental health.

% Age 12+ Moderately Active, 2005
  • Waterloo Region: 51.7 %
  • Hamilton: 48.9 %
  • Windsor: 49.2 %
  • London: 53.0 %

 

Source: Canada Health Survey, http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-221-XIE/2006001/tables/t002b.pdf

The way people Rate their Health is an indicator of how satisfied they are with their own health status. In the graph below, each bar represents the answers for "good" added to "very good/excellent". The numbers represent the percent of responses.

Self-Rate Health (%), 2005
  • Waterloo Region
    • Very Good or Excellent - 61.4 %
    • Good - 28.4 %
  • London
    • Very Good or Excellent - 66.6 %
    • Good - 23.9 %
  • Hamilton
    • Very Good or Excellent - 57.6 %
    • Good - 29.7 %
  • Windsor
    • Very Good or Excellent - 57.5 %
    • Good - 29.0 %

Source: Canada Health Survey 2005
Note: Higher is better

The number of Physicians Per 100,000 is an indicator of the level of access residents have to family doctors and medical specialists.

Physicians Per 100,000 - 2004
  • Waterloo Region: 128
  • Guelph: 133
  • Toronto: 288
  • Ottawa: 294

 

Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information, Health Indicator Reports. http://www.cihi.ca/hireports

Average Life Expectancy is a measure of the overall health of the community.

Life Expectancy, 2001
  • Waterloo Region: 79.7
  • Sudbury: 77.3
  • Guelph: 79.7
  • Ottawa: 80.4
  • Toronto: 80.8

 

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Low Birth Weight is related to increased rates of health problems, learning difficulties, and developmental delays.a measure of the overall health of the community.

Low Birth Weight Rate per 1,000 Live Births, 2001

  • Waterloo Region: 5.4
  • Hamilton: 5.2
  • London: 5.8
  • Windsor: 6.1

 

Source: Canada Health Survey 2005
Note: Per 1,000 live births. Lower is better

The Percentage of Smokers is an indication of one of our strongest determinants of health.

% Daily or Occasional Smokers, 2005
  • Waterloo Region: 19.1 %
  • London: 17.8 %
  • Hamilton: 22.8 %
  • Windsor: 23.5 %

 

Source: Canada Health Survey, http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-221-XIE/2006001/tables/t014a.pdf

The Percentage of People with Limitations on their Physical Activity is an indicator of the size of the population with physical challenges. This impacts on access to a wide range of services.

% Age 12+ With Participation & Active Limitation, 2005

  • Waterloo Region: 28.3 %
  • London: 29.9 %
  • Windsor: 30.6 %
  • Hamilton: 33.5 %

 

Source: Canada Health Survey 2005
Note: Lower is better


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