Could Ottawa become Canada’s – or the world’s – healthiest city? Today, Brigitte Pellerin looks at this city’s own answer to the Fitbit and other means of measuring wellbeing.
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“We think patients have the right to their own information to tell them about what is going to happen to them. We still live in a paternalistic society where we don’t think the patient can handle that information or don’t think they should have this information.”
"They found the calculator can accurately discriminate cardiovascular disease risk for a wide range of health profiles without the aid of clinical measures."
"Unhealthy behaviours place a major burden on Canadian life expectancies."
"We're trying to debunk some of the myths that commonly accompany sodium by showing people there are several sources of sodium in their diet."
“That first step that you take if you’re completely sedentary makes such a huge impact on your life.”
“I'm always surprised by the magnitude of this,” says Manuel. “I've been doing this for a while but still I'm always surprised by how much healthy living actually does affect your health."
"In cardiovascular disease, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
"It’s somewhat surprising given that there are regulations on long-term care homes and how care is provided in these homes, but it’s pretty apparent from our study that there still remains systematic differences."
“I found myself going back and recalclating my life expectancy with health choices: more exercise, more vegetables. Do you think the calculator changes behaviour?”
"I'm always struck by the magnitude, the size. It always does take us back a step. But it's because these health behaviours affect everything."
"People who are in high pollution areas like Toronto or Windsor will find that their new life expectancy will be lower, and if you're living in low air pollution levels your life expectancy will be higher.”
“We know that Canadians are eating too much salt. But the calculator helps zero in on the exact sources in their diet that are responsible.”