Leisure and Culture

As described in the Time Use domain, part of living a healthy and balanced life includes participating in good quality leisure and culture activities. This can help to reduce stress, which is a well-known risk factor for conditions like heart disease.

percent of residents reporting moderate active or active

Physical Activity

Self-reported participation in leisure-time physical activity is continuing to increase in Waterloo Wellington. In 2013/2014, 59.9% of Waterloo Wellington residents were considered moderately active or active. This is significantly higher than both the Ontario and Canada rate! [1]

percent of residents always wearing a helmet

Bicycle Helmet Use

In 2013/2014, 41.6% of Waterloo Wellington residents report always wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle. This is the third highest LHIN result, but there is still room for improvement. [1]

percent of residents reporting pain or discomfort that limits their activities

Pain or Discomfort

There are many possible reasons why people do not - or cannot - participate in physical activity. In Waterloo Wellington, about 1 in 7 residents report having pain or discomfort that limits their activities. This number is increasing, possibly related to aging of the population, and is following a similar trend to both Ontario and Canada. [1]

percent of residents heavy drinking

Heavy Drinking

For males, heavy drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks on one occasion, at least once a month in the past 12 months. For females, it is 4 or more. The percent of residents reporting heavy drinking in Waterloo Wellington in 2013/2014 is the sixth highest LHIN result, and is significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 16.7. [1]

Back to the framework