Health at a Glance

Each issue of Health at a Glance consists of a short non-technical article on topics that feature statistics from health-related surveys and administrative data.

November 2014

Mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces

by Caryn Pearson, Mark Zamorski and Teresa Janz

This article highlights the latest data from the 2013 Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey. Findings will feature prevalence rates of selected mental health and alcohol disorders of Canadian Force members who have been deployed in support of the mission to Afghanistan. Some comparisons will also be made with the civilian population.

October 2014

Understanding seniors' risk of falling and their perception of risk

by Caryn Pearson, Julie St-Arnaud and Leslie Geran

This article highlights how seniors aged 65 and older perceive their risk of falling. Perceptions of risk are examined in comparison with a senior’s risk of falling. Using data from the 2008-2009 Canadian Community Health Survey – Healthy Aging, this article identifies groups of seniors who correctly perceive, overestimate and underestimate their risk of falling.

July 2014

Ninety years of change in life expectancy

by Yves Decady and Lawson Greenberg

This article explores the patterns and frequency of death by age and by cause in the population. The main goal is to explain how and why life expectancy has changed over a 90 year period. Although the article is primarily focused on mortality, it concludes with a brief discussion about how living longer may be associated with deteriorating health in later years of life.

May 2014

Adjusting the scales: Obesity in the Canadian population after correcting for respondent bias

by Tanya Navaneelan and Teresa Janz

This paper presents obesity estimates adjusted for certain biases in self-reported data. Adjusted estimates for adult Canadians by age, sex, and geography, that have not been previously reported, are provided using data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).


November 2013

Breastfeeding trends in Canada

Linda Gionet

This article highlights the latest breastfeeding trends from the 2011-2012 Canadian Community Health Survey. It features the characteristics of mothers who breastfed and their reasons for stopping.

September 2013

Mental and substance use disorders in Canada

Caryn Pearson, Teresa Janz and Jennifer Ali

January 2013

Select health indicators of First Nations people living off reserve, Métis and Inuit

Linda Gionet and Shirin Roshanafshar

Vitamin D blood levels of Canadians

Teresa Janz and Caryn Pearson


July 2012

Suicide rates: An overview

Tanya Navaneelan

June 2012

Current smoking trends

Teresa Janz


December 2011

Cancer in Canada: Focus on Lung, Colorectal, Breast and Prostate

Tanya Navaneelan and Teresa Janz

June 2011

Injuries in Canada: Insights from the Canadian Community Health Survey

Jean-Michel Billette and Teresa Janz

April 2011

Disparities in life expectancy at birth

Lawson Greenberg and Claude Normandin

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