THINK
THINK

Women are up to how many more times likely than men to die from extreme weather events caused by climate change?

The answer:
14

Source: UN Women Facts & Figures on Gender & Climate Change

The 23 ½ Hour Solution

January 1, 2013

In 1972, a 30-year-old Canadian was as fit as a 60-year-old Swede. Today, things aren’t much better. In fact, between 1981 and 2009, Canadians slipped downhill. Based on critical measures such as waist circumference, body mass index and body composition (fat vs. lean) Canadian fitness levels have declined significantly.

As for aerobic fitness, 40% of men and 47% of women rate only fair; 32% rate good; and only 27% of men and 22% of women rate excellent/very good.

And we are getting bigger around the middle.

In young adults aged 20 to 39, the percentage with a waist circumference rated high risk for health problems more than quadrupled, from 5% in 1981 to 21% in 2009 among men, and from 6% to 31% among women. The percentage of Canadians 40 to 69 years in that category more than doubled between 1981 and 2009. Source

We are not alone.

Based on field fitness testing, global trends show a worldwide decrease in children’s aerobic fitness that cannot be explained solely by their increased fatness. The culprit? To some extent, it is decreased physical activity.

Physical inactivity is one of the five leading global risk factors for mortality and is estimated to cause 2 million deaths per year.

The good news? Exercising JUST 30 minutes a day is a powerful antidote for much that ails us. There is strong evidence for the benefits of exercise in controlling diabetes, joint problems, depression and more!

Watch Dr. Mike Evan’s creative video to find out more about the 23 ½ hour solution.

Elsewhere on the web

Adhawk supported Public Health Ontario/Cancer Care Ontario in writing and designing their joint report Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease: Recommendations for a Healthier Ontario. See the project profile. Read the full report.

World Health Organization Recommended levels of physical activity for adults aged 18 - 64 years

Statistics Canada Canadian Health Measures Survey: Body composition and fitness

World Health Organization fact sheet The Impact of Chronic Disease in Canada

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication Preventing Chronic Disease

World Health Organization report Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment

Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada

Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance