Community Health and Well-being Week from October 5-11, 2014.  

community health and well being week

Shifting the Conversation from Health Care to Health & Well-being

Organizations across Ontario celebrate the Community Health and Wellbeing Week from October 5-11, 2014.  The week shines a spotlight on programs and services  addressing all the factors that contribute to health and well-being in our community. It provides an opportunity to focus on issues that people usually don't associate with health such as lower education, improper housing, poverty, poor early childhood development and lack of food.

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network is directly involved in health services delivery in Waterloo Wellington region, and is cognizant of the many factors that influence the health of the local population. The organization works with the Health Links – which are taking an all-of-community approach to well-being - to find ways of making improvements to our residents’ health care experiences. 

The Canadian Index of Well-being has developed a framework containing eight domains of well-being.  Here are some key facts about the well-being of the Waterloo Wellington population:

Community Belonging

65.4 percent of Waterloo Wellington residents report a strong or very strong sense of belonging to their community.

Education

88.5 percent of 25 to 29 year olds in Waterloo Wellington have a high school degree.

64.2 percent of 25 to 54 year olds in Waterloo Wellington have completed a post- secondary degree, diploma or certificate.

Environment

11.9 percent of Waterloo Wellington residents report being exposed to second-hand smoke in public places.

Healthy Populations

60.9 percent of Waterloo Wellington residents rate their health as excellent or very good.

Leisure and Culture

56.7 percent of Waterloo Wellington residents are considered moderately active or active.

Living Standard

3.7 percent of the labour force in Waterloo Wellington report long-term unemployment.


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