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revised September 04, 2009

Seniors' Health Report 2006

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  • According to the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), more than half of seniors in Peel (53%) ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day (the recommended amount).

  • According to the CCHS in 2003, more than half (58%) of Peel seniors reported being physically inactive compared to 53% of Ontario seniors. Female seniors (64%) were more likely to report being physically inactive compared to male seniors (50%) in Peel.

  • In 2003, half of seniors in Peel (50%) and Ontario (54%) were overweight or obese.

  • In addition to the 6% of seniors who smoked daily in Peel, 54% of Peel seniors were former smokers (daily and occasional), while 40% never smoked.

  • In the 2003 CCHS the proportion of regular drinkers decreased by age group in Peel from 70% of 19- to 24-year-olds to 49% of seniors.

  • The proportion of low-risk drinking was higher among Peel seniors (90%) than in the general population aged 19 years and older (80%). Approximately one in 11 Ontario seniors reported they drank five or more drinks on one occasion at least once in the previous 12 months.

  • In the 2001 CCHS, pain relievers (62%) were the type of drug used most often in the previous month as reported by seniors in Peel followed by blood pressure medication (44%) and heart medication (20%).

Lifestyle and Health Behaviour (PDF 10 pages, 350KB)

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