The study surveyed residents in 28 communities in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and the South Coast, reaching as far east as Chilliwack, west as Powell River and north as Whistler. The numbers look at a number of factors relating to health, including wealth and education, drinking and smoking, physical activity, access to doctors, commute time and mode of transportation and connection to community.
Vancouver Coastal Health says the data will help local governments plan more effectively in regards to their community’s unique health needs. Powell River, for example, has a significantly higher obesity rate than Whistler, and many more people in Hope have high blood pressure compared to Squamish.
Some notable results from the survey indicate some serious issues worth addressing in certain communities. Whistler is far ahead of all other communities for binge drinking with 48 per cent of people reporting binge drinking at least once per month. In contrast, only 15 per cent of people in Richmond report engaging in the activity at the same frequency.
Overall, all regions surveyed reported a higher physical wellness score than the B.C. benchmark, meaning that while some areas could use improvement, the South Coast and Metro Vancouver are ahead of the curve.
Interesting results from the My Heath My Community Survey show a diverse and somewhat unpredictable health status across communities. Port Moody, West Vancouver/Lions Bay, District of North Vancouver and Whistler were often ahead in the rankings while regions in the Fraser Valley and south east Metro Vancouver generally reported lower health levels.
The Coastal Rural region, including Whistler, Powell River, Gibsons and Bowen Island report the strongest sense of community belonging
Whistler reported the highest percentage of people with a high physical wellness score
City of Langley reported the lowest percentage of people with a high physical wellness score
Those living on Gibsons report the lowest stress levels
Those in Maple Ridge report the highest stress levels
Only 37 per cent of people in Richmond report getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week
Hope has that highest proportion of smokers at 24 per cent
48 per cent of people in Whistler report binge drinking at least once per month
Binge drinking is lowest in Burnaby, the City of Langley and Richmond
The Fraser Valley region has the highest proportion of people reporting a mood or anxiety disorder diagnosed by a doctor
Surrey reported the highest percentage of people with diabetes at 12 per cent
Obesity is worst in the Fraser Valley and lowest in Whistler and Vancouver
The most people with university degrees reside on Bowen Island and in West Vancouver/Lions Bay and the District of North Vancouver
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We have selected some of the most interesting results below. To view the complete report, click here.