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Physically active Canadians

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  • leisure-time physical activity
  • non-leisure-time physical activity
  • exercise


  • Heather Gilmour, Health Information and Research Division
    Statistics Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0T6
    Telephone: (613) 951-2114


The health benefits of physical activity are numerous and well-documented  — a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, stress and anxiety. [Full text]

The data

Data from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) and the 1996/1997 National Population Health Survey (NPHS)were used to estimate physical activity levels. [Full text]

The questions

Household income is based on self-reported total household income from all sources in the previous 12 months.  The ratio between total household income and the low income cut-off corresponding to the number of people in the household and community size was calculated. [Full text]


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