Winnipeg secures a top three finish in Conference Board's health rankings

OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Winnipeg places 3rd place with an overall "A" grade in The Conference Board of Canada's new city health ranking, comparing the health performance of 10 Canadian cities.

"Winnipeg posted strong results in most health categories. The metro area shines in access to health care services, where it finishes first ahead of all of the other Canadian cities in our ranking," said Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy. "However, the city falters when it comes to healthy lifestyle indicators."

Highlights

  • Winnipeg finishes in 3rd place with an overall "A" grade.
  • Saskatoon finishes 1st in the city health rankings, placing ahead of Calgary.
  • Montréal is the only city to receive an overall "D" grade for city health.

The City Health Monitor examines and benchmarks the physical and socio-economic health of 10 metropolitan areas in Canada. Each metro area receives a grade based on their performance on 24 indicators, grouped into four categories: life satisfaction; population health; healthy lifestyle; and access to health care services.

Winnipeg finishes first among the 10 comparator cities in the access to health, ranking in the top three on all indicators in the category. Winnipeg is at the top on the relative number of hospital beds indicator and places slightly behind the leader on the relative number of specialists and the access to a regular doctor indicators.

Winnipeg earns "B" grades in the two other categories: life satisfaction and population health. Winnipeg only narrowly misses an "A" grade on the life satisfaction category, as its positive results are weighed down by low grades on the perceived health and the perceived mental health indicators. In the population health category, Winnipeg's residents have relatively low rates of mood disorders and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, these are slightly offset by a last-place finish on the hypertension and asthma indicators.

At the other end of the spectrum, Winnipeg receives its lowest grade in the healthy lifestyle category, earning a "D" grade. While the city has a relatively low smoking rate, it is held back by last-place finishes on fruit and vegetable consumption and on the proportion of the adult population that is obese.

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