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LIFE EXPECTANCY

 Halifax residents’ life expectancy is slightly below the national average, although growing at comparable rates. When compared to its benchmark cities, Halifax is middle of the pack in terms of the anticipated length of life.  

Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure – two of the most prevalent illnesses -present major concerns for the long-term budgets of provinces. Halifax residents’ diabetes rates rose in 2011 by 0.6% while national rates fell by 0.3%, although Halifax remained third among its five benchmark cities. In terms of high blood pressure, Halifax’s rate remained steady at 16.5% - lowest among its benchmark cities and 1.1% below the national average.

PERCEIVED HEALTH, VERY GOOD OR EXCELLENT
Source: Statistics Canada
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PERCEIVED HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH

In addition to actual health outcomes, perceived physical and mental health outcomes are also important. When asked by Statistics Canada, 62% of Halifax residents answered that they perceive their health as “very good” or “excellent” – 2% above the national average and 3rd highest among benchmark cities. Further, when asked about their mental health, 74.2% (up a half point) answered “very good” or “excellent” – again 1.5% above the national average and third highest among benchmark cities.

 

ACTIVITY LEVELS

While nationally, and in all other benchmark cities, activity levels rose, Halifax’s activity levels dropped in 2011. 56.8% of residents identified themselves as “active” or “moderately active” during their leisure time, down 0.9% from 2010. With that said, Halifax’s activity levels were 3% above national averages and ranked second among benchmark cities.
PERCEIVED HEALTH, VERY GOOD OR EXCELLENT
Source: Statistics Canada

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     Health has a two-way relationship with many economic indicators – a person’s health can influence how productive they 
     can be, and their ability to generate income can dictate their ability to manage their health. As such, ensuring health and
     social outcomes are linked to economic growth is a crucial step to achieving shared prosperity in Halifax. 

HEALTH_DISEASESSource: Statistics Canada

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Source: Statistics Canada

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