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Breaking the Activity Barrier

brighter ife Breaking the activity barrier Sharing ideas about money, health and family. Canadians fit into 5 health profiles: Which one are you? Inhibited: Resilient: Value a healthy lifestyle, Marginally less but pre-existing health healthy than average, conditions make it Health strivers: Overextended: Engaged in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and report above-average health. Overconfident: Engaging in healthy with negative self- perceptions. Consider health to behaviours is at the be very good, but behaviours not strong bottom of a long list of priorities. difficult. enough to keep it that way. 25% 17% 12% 26% 19% Proportions do not add up to 100% due to rounding. UNHEALTHY BEHAVIOURS: ANY OF 6 UNHEALTHY BEHAVIOURS. THE SURVEY MEASURED THE NUMBER OF CANADIANS EXHIBITING Poor diet Lack of exercise Lack of sleep Stress Obesity Smoking 61% A majority of Canadians engage in 3 or more unhealthy behaviours. PREVALENCE OF TOP 3 RISK FACTORS HIGHEST RISK GROUP 100 50 LOWEST RISK GROUP Lack of exercise Poor diet Smoking TOP BARRIERS TO HEALTHY LIFESTYLES LACK OF WILLPOWER While most of us accept responsibility for our health, many fail to take positive action. Why? LACK OF TIME LACK OF MONEY EXISTING HEALTH CONDITION LACK OF ACCESS TO EQUIPMENT LACK OF COMFORT LACK OF KNOWLEDGE 12% 15% 16% 29% 36% 39% 56% GETTING ACTIVE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT! SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT YOUR HEALTH? The busier our lives get, the more difficult it is to find the motivation to stay healthy - but you don't have to do it alone. Research shows that the healthiest people are those who are most likely to seek support from others. Encouragement for healthy behaviours from friends and family, or a health and wellness program at work, can be the key boost you need to achieve good health. Read the full 2011 Sun Life Canadian Health IndexTM at To find more tips to help you achieve your health goals, visit life The data used in this infographic is from the 2011 Sun Life Canadian Health Index, which provides a comprehensive snapshot of the attitudes, perceptions and behaviours of Canadians relating to their health. The study is based on a landmark coast-to-coast survey of 3,233 adults from 18 to 80 years of age. It was conducted by Ipsos Reid and commissioned by Sun Life Financial between July 27 and September 12, 2011. brighter O Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2012 Sharing ideas about money, health and family.

Breaking the Activity Barrier

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It can be difficult to juggle a healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule. But getting active can be easier than you think if you identify and overcome some of your unhealthy behaviours. The Sun Life Can...


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