At a population level, healthy living refers to the practices of population groups that are consistent with supporting, improving, maintaining and/or enhancing health. As it applies to individuals, healthy living is the practice of health enhancing behaviours, or put simply, living in healthy ways. It implies the physical, mental and spiritual capacity to make healthy choices. The Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and their relationship to healthy weights.n 2005, Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments (except Quebec) agreed on an Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy. The Government of Canada followed up with the Integrated Strategy on Healthy Living and Chronic Disease, which focuses on healthy eating and physical activity as a way to maintain a healthy weight and decrease the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
PHAC, through the Healthy Living Unit, works closely with public health, healthy living, sport, and recreation counterparts in provinces and territories across Canada. Be sure to check out their web sites for more information on their healthy living initiatives.
Healthy Living Reports
Healthy Living Unit
Healthy Living Fund
Guidelines for National Stream
Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy
Overview of the Strategy
2005 Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy (IPCHLS)
Strengthening the Health of Canadians
Curbing Childhood Obesity: An FPT Framework
Declaration on Prevention and Promotion
The Canadian Best Practices Portal
What is Active Transportation?A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problems, for recovery, for coping with life stressors, and for improving quality of life. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows our lifestyles play a huge part in how healthy we are. From what we eat and drink, to how much exercise we take, and whether we smoke or take drugs, all will affect our health, not only in terms of life expectancy, but how long we can expect to live without experiencing chronic disease.
Conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, joint disease, and mental illness are responsible for a vast number of deaths and disabilities. Currently, we rely almost exclusively on the provision of clinical care by highly trained health professionals as our major strategy to deal with these conditions. Many health problems can be prevented or at least their occurrence postponed by having a healthy lifestyle.It is so important to make ‘keeping healthy’ a part of our day-to-day living habits. Your health depends on what you do throughout the day, every day. A healthy lifestyle is absolutely vital. Here is a real simple solution – slowly improve your lifestyle in a step-by-step way. If you take one new health step every two months, for example, in two to three years you will be among the healthiest ten percent of people in the Western world.
And boy will you see and feel the benefits.
Improvements do not have to be large steps; take one small step for your health today, keep that one going, and add another one every two months. Have a plan – maybe introduce 6 improvements over the course of a year.You will need to include fitness as part of your life. Physical fitness keeps your weight in check, helps you sleep better at night, prevents heart attacks and strokes and other health problems, and generally prolongs your life. Basically there are so many benefits of exercising that you really can’t live a full life without it.