CK NEEDS TO BE MORE ACTIVE
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. In 2013/14, 48.8%* of CK residents aged 12 years and older were physically active during their leisure time. A lower percentage of residents in CK (53.7%**) were physically active during their leisure time when compared to Ontario (54.7%**).
CK NEEDS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY WEIGHTS
Maintaining a healthy weight has been associated with good health. In 2013/14, 64.4% of CK residents 18 years and older were overweight (based on self-reported body mass index [BMI]). A higher percentage of residents in CK (61.4%**) were overweight when compared to Ontario (52.3%**).
BMI is one way you can assess your health risk based on your height and weight.
CK NEEDS TO EAT MORE FRUIT ANDVEGETABLES
Increased vegetable and fruit consumption has been associated with many health benefits. CK produces approximately 20% of all vegetables in Ontario (measured by acres planted); however, only 32.4%* of residents in CK 12 years and older reported eating fruits and vegetables five or more times per day. A lower percentage of CK residents 12 years and older reported eating fruits and vegetables five or more times per day (32.2%**) when compared to Ontario (38.9%**)
For more information on all healthy eating resources and food programs in Chatham-Kent, please click HERE to be directed to the CK Food Policy Council website.
LOWER PERCIEVED LIFE STRESS IN CK OVERTIME
Perceived life stress can have a substantial impact on our health and quality of life. In 2013/14, a lower percentage of CK residents 15 years and older self-reported most days as stressful (17%) when compared to Ontario (23%).
** Age-Standardized Rate
A rate is a measure of the number of times an event occurs in a specific population over a defined period of time. Using a rate instead of a count makes it easier to compare across groups of the same population. For example, to calculate the rate of falls in Chatham-Kent in 2015, we would divide the number of people who had a fall in Chatham-Kent in 2015 by the population of Chatham-Kent in 2015. This is referred to as a crude rate. Crude rates are influenced by the underlying age distribution of the population and can be misleading when comparing rates to another population such as Ontario. For example, crude rates of falls in Chatham-Kent may be higher as a result of more having more seniors in our population. This is when age-standardized rates are calculated. Age-standardizing is a mathematical technique that adjusts for differences in age structures to enable us to make comparisons between populations; for example, age-standardized rates assume that Chatham-Kent and Ontario have the same age distribution. This ensures that differences in rates are not due to the age distribution of the populations being compared.
References for each indicator can be seen by downloading the “CK Counts 2015 Reference Sheet” on the right hand side of the Community Context Page.
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