Doc Talk #168 – Vital Statistics

In this show, Dr Dan and Jamieson delved into the treasure trove that is Statistics Canada.

Some of the more interesting projects that have been undertaken by the agency, including use of municipal wastewater samples to estimate drug use in Canadian cities. Click above to listen again and learn how Edmonton fared compared to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal!

We looked at some statistics relating to Canadian school kids’ diets (which have improved somewhat over the past decade or so).

There is less good news on the physical activity front. Only about 16% of Canadian adults meet the recommendations. Physical inactivity probably costs $7 billion each year to the Canadian economy in terms of healthcare costs alone. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can increase your own physical activity, we’ve got some tips in our previous show.

At DocTalk we are great fans of Statistics Canada and its work. Not only do they collect a whole bunch of interesting information about healthcare (among many other topics), but they do a great job in terms of communicating their findings. Follow them on twitter – where their handle is @StatCan_eng

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