April 2008

PHAC releases report on health of Canada’s youth

The Public Health Agency of Canada has released a new report, Healthy Settings for Young People in Canada. It notes there are some positive changes in health behaviours and attitudes for young people in grades 6-10 since the last report in 2004. Smoking rates have fallen among boys and girls, along with reports of marijuana and alcohol use.

The challenges cited were high rates of overweight and obesity, sedentary behaviour and physical injury. Nearly half of boys in grades 6-10 reported having had at least one injury requiring medical treatment in the last year, compared to about a third of girls.

Visit the PHAC to read the report.

Updated April 3, 2008