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Canadians No Healthier Today

Canadians are not any healthier than they were a decade ago, despite having much more knowledge of what makes up a healthy lifestyle, says a publication of a Conference Board of Canada research project that makes the case for healthy active living. "An alarming number of Canadians are moving very little, sitting too long, eating poorly, not getting enough sleep, drinking too much, and continuing to smoke," says Thy Dinh, senior research associate. "Even though average life expectancy has increased, the progress made in previous decades ‒ such as lowering smoking rates ‒ appears to have plateaued. There is an urgent need to support Canadians in adopting healthier lifestyles and create a national culture of wellness.” The research shows the prevalence of several chronic conditions has risen since 2003; stagnant or declining levels of Canadians who lead healthy active lives are associated with increases in chronic conditions; and almost one-third of children are overweight or obese which increases the risk of developing conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, or depression.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts 

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