How Healthy Are People?
Would you say that you eat healthy? Do you exercise on a weekly basis? With so much emphasis on eating healthy and staying fit in today’s society, you’ll be surprised to learn that people aren’t as healthy as you might think.
According to an article at lethbridgeherald.com, “Are People More Health Conscious Today?”
“More research has found that – surprise, surprise – too many of us aren’t exercising enough, aren’t eating a healthy enough diet, and just generally aren’t taking good care of ourselves.
The research project from the Conference Board of Canada, released this week, found that, in spite of having more knowledge of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, Canadians are no more healthy than they were 10 years ago.
“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,” Thy Dinh, senior research associate, said in a news release.
Ironically, the research dovetails nicely with the results of another study released the same day. The findings of the 2014 Sun Life Canadian Health Index, conducted by Ipsos Reid, included the fact that 66 per cent of Canadians surveyed cite deteriorating health as a primary concern as they age, and 53 per cent worry about the cost of drugs and medical treatments in retirement.
While our health isn’t always within our control, there are things we can do to improve our odds, and living a healthy lifestyle has certainly been shown to do that. The Conference Board of Canada, however, reiterates the well-worn message that far too many Canadians aren’t making their health a priority. In terms of physical activity, for example, it notes only 15 per cent of Canadians are meeting activity guidelines which suggest adults should get at least 150 minutes of vigorous exercise a week.
The Conference Board report also points out that, since 2003, the prevalence of several chronic conditions, including hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, has increased. Those conditions contribute to the deteriorating health which Canadians reported in the Sun Life survey they are concerned about.” To read the entire article click here.
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