Optimal health, We all want to have it, but very few of us are anywhere close to achieving it. This is because, unfortunately, health is not a high priority for most of us. Even more so, most of us don’t even know how to define optimal health. Our medical model teaches us that health is the absence of disease. But health is much more than this. There are millions of people who don’t have a diagnosable disease, but are still in poor or mediocre health.
- 62%, or over 3 in 5 of Canadian adults are overweight or obese.31% of Canadian children and youth aged 5 to 17, an estimated 1.6 million, are overweight or obese
- We each have a 1 in 3 lifetime risk of getting some form of cancer
- An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke. 1.3 million Canadians are living with heart disease.More than 400,000 Canadians are living with long-term stroke disability
- In 2012, more than 66,000 Canadians died from heart disease or stroke . That’s one person every 7 minutes, almost 14,000 Canadians died as the result of a heart attack, more than 13,000 Canadians died as the result of a stroke
- Six million Canadian adults, or one in five, have high blood pressure and 1 in 6 Canadians (762,000 individuals) with high blood pressure are unaware of their condition
- 5.4% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder: depression,anxiety etc.
- In 2011, 747,000 Canadians were living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias - that's 14.9 per cent of Canadians 65 and older.By 2031, if nothing changes in Canada, this figure will increase to 1.4 million.