Healthy Populations

There are many ways to examine the health of a population, including physical measures, rates of diseases, subjective wellbeing and participation in health behaviours.

percent of residents eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegitables

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables represent an extremely important part of a healthy diet. In 2013/2014, 40.6% of Waterloo Wellington residents reported eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The trend has been relatively flat between 2007/2008 and 2013/2014. Waterloo Wellington does have the second highest LHIN result, however there is still room for improvement. [1]

Overweight and Obesity

Obesity can lead to many other diseases, and is associated with premature death. As of 2013/2014, about 1 in 2 adults in Waterloo Wellington are overweight or obese. This is similar to both the Ontario and Canada rates. There is good news, however - the rate of overweight and obesity among youth (12 to 17 years old) in Waterloo Wellington is 16.1%, which is significantly lower than the Ontario rate of 22.8%. [1]

percent of residents reporting daily cigarette smoking


17.2% of Waterloo Wellington residents report daily or occasional smoking in 2013/2014, which is a significant decrease from the 2011/2012 rate of 20.3%. The overall trend is similar to both Ontario and Canada. [1]

percent of residents with diabetes


The 2013/2014 diabetes rate of 7.3% in Waterloo Wellington is not significantly different from national or provincial rates, but it has significantly increased since 2007. [1]

Self-Rated Health

62.4% of Waterloo Wellington residents consider their health "Very Good" or "Excellent", as of 2013/2014. This is significantly higher than the Canada rate, and is the second highest of all the LHIN rates! [1]

percent of residents reporting good mental health

Self-Rated Mental Health

The percentage of Waterloo Wellington residents who rate their mental health as "Very Good" or "Excellent" has decreased since 2007/2008. This is a concerning trend that is also occuring at the Ontario and Canada levels. [1]

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