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revised September 04, 2009

Comprehensive Health Status Report 2008

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Kids ExercisingChronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems in Canada – and also the most preventable.  Some risk factors for chronic conditions, including genetic predisposition, sex and age, cannot be modified.  Behavioural risk factors which can be modified include eating nutritious foods, regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco, using alcohol wisely, engaging in safer-sex behaviours and avoiding drug use.  Other risk factors are biological conditions known to increase the risk of developing disease (e.g. hypertension).

Topics covered within this chapter include:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs
  • Body weight
  • Physical inactivity
  • Nutrition
  • Hypertension
  • Sexual behaviours

Risk Factors (PDF 20 pages, 2.17MB)

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