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Chronic Disease Prevention

We focus on reducing the long-term risk of chronic diseases (including Diabetes, smoking-related lung diseases, heart disease and stroke) by promoting healthy lifestyles, policies and environments that support healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco-free living and oral health.

Service Outcome

Peel residents live longer and healthier due to reduced risk of chronic diseases.

2017 Performance

Screened 87,958 children for dental conditions of which 12,372 were identified for urgent care.

Provided 7,322 children with free preventive dental services.

10.9% of Peel residents are current smokers (confidence interval 9.0-13.0).1, 4

37.8% of Peel residents eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day (confidence interval 34.6-41.2).1, 5

25.5% of Peel residents are physically active (confidence interval 22.7-28.5).1, 6

Per cent of Peel youth who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.2, 3, 7

Target: Stable or reduced from 12.6%

Actual: 13.9%

Smile with Confidence Pilot Program

Good oral health is an important part of overall health, allowing individuals to enjoy a better quality of life and wellbeing. Unfortunately, low-income residents have limited access to dental care and often suffer from poor oral health, which can impact their self-esteem, social interaction and employability. The Region of Peel Human Services Department and Public Health Division partnered to develop a pilot program offering dental services to residents supported by Ontario Works. Participants in the pilot program experienced positive improvements in oral health, quality of life and employability.

1 Source: Canadian Community Health Survey Share File, 2013/2014, Statistics Canada. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long–Term Care. 2013/2014 data, as the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) provides estimates at the health region level every two years and additional time to compile data is required prior to release.

2 Source: Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), 2015, 2017. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Region of Peel – Public Health.

3 Survey data is stable within the overlapping confidence interval range (10.9-17.5). These are youth in grades 9 to 12 only.

4 For more information on this data, view the Profile of Current Smokers among Population Aged 12 Years and Older document (xls).

5 For more information on this data, view the Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Population Aged 12 Years and Older document (xls).

6 For more information on this data, view the Leisure Time Physical Activity Level among Population Aged 12 Years and Older document (xls).

7 For more information on this data, view the Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use among Students in Grades 9 to 12 document (xls).