18 May 2011

Study: Ontarians’ health falling behind other provinces

Ontario may be a country-wide leader in an array of measures, but one place where it may be falling behind is in the health category.

A recent report released by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance finds that Ontario is trailing British Columbia and Quebec both in health statistics and in funds used in well-being advancement.

"BC invests three times more than Ontario in health promotion policies and programs and their residents smoke less, are more physically active, and have healthier body weights," said Dr. Norman Giesbrecht, co-chair of the OCDPA. "This clearly is leading to higher life expectancy rates than the rest of Canada."

Other sobering findings from the study reveal one in three Ontarians are afflicted with a chronic disease and an estimated 45 percent of males and 40 percent of females in Ontario will be affected by cancer in their lifetime.

Janice Hodgson, a cancer survivor and volunteer of the Canadian Cancer Society, said an active lifestyle and nutritious eating are some of the best ways Ontarians can get healthier.

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