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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Saint Johnners Lag Behind in Healthy Behaviours

The New Brunswick Health Council releasing community profiles and for Saint John, we're lagging behind in healthy behaviours.

Only 33 per cent of adults in the area eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day. The Health Council's Stephane Robichaud tells CHSJ News the way we eat has changed a lot in a generation with the onset of fast food. 

Among young people in grades 6 to 12, we're lagging behind when it comes to connecting with family. Robichaud believes that has a lot to do with social media.

Even among younger children in grades 4 to 12, there are higher than desirable levels of behaviour considered disrespectful, defiant and rude.

Saint Johnners are also lagging behind when it comes to alcohol, drug and tobacco use. 

Robichaud says these numbers are valuable because they can be used to devise strategies to make things better.