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Website puts New Brunswickers’ health under the microscope

Website puts New Brunswickers’ health under the microscope ‘My Community at a Glance’ tracks health data in 33 communities

Apr 23, 2014 9:20 PM AT

Posted by: CBC News


The New Brunswick Health Council has released the most detailed view yet of health and social welfare in towns and cities across the province, in hopes municipalities and individuals will make smarter, healthier choices.

The group’s report “My Community at a Glance” splits the province into 33 community profiles. It has uploaded the information online.

“Exposure to secondhand smoke. There’s behaviours, level of exercise, healthy eating, socio-economic factors as I had mentioned, literacy, or income level. They can represent hurdles,” said Stéphane Robichaud, CEO of the New Brunswick Health Council.

Cities, towns and villages will get a glimpse at the overall health of their area.

How do you measure up? The new report reflects healthy eating, physical activity and the use of alcohol and tobacco in 33 areas of New Brunswick.

“It’s a first. And that’s why I think many of the community groups are quite excited about it because often when you’re in New Brunswick, sometimes the best you’ve got is Atlantic numbers and if you get New Brunswick numbers the chances that it’s broken down to your community is very slim,” Robichaud said.

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