2013 - 2014 Leisure Time Physical Activity Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information about leisure-time physical activity among Halton residents aged 12 and over.

Background

Physical activity refers to any muscle movement that uses energy which includes a variety of activities such as walking, running, bicycling, swimming, gardening/yard work, playing sports, weightlifting, exercise classes and aerobics. Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to one’s overall health and well-being. It not only helps to maintain a healthy body weight but it also reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, and increases energy levels.1 A lack of physical activity may be a factor contributing to premature death, chronic disease, and disability.1 Health Canada strongly encourages the integration of physical activity into every day life at home, at school, and at work.1

This Health Indicator Report uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Key Findings

  • From 2001 to 2013/14 the percentage of residents in Halton who reported being active increased from 25% to 36% and this increase was statistically significant.
  • From 2001 to 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences in the percentage of residents in Halton who reported being moderately active.
  • From 2001 to 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences in the percentage of residents in Halton who reported being inactive.

Halton vs. Ontario

  • In 2013/14, 36% of Halton residents reported being active compared to 29% of Ontario residents. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference between the percentage of residents in Halton and Ontario who reported being moderately active.
  • In 2013/14, 39% of Halton residents reported being inactive compared to 46% of Ontario residents. This difference was statistically significant.

Sex

  • In 2013/14, Halton males were more likely than females to report being active or moderately active (combined). This difference was statistically significant.

Age

  • In 2013/14, the percentage Halton residents who reported being active or moderately active (combined) generally decreased as age increased. This difference was statistically significant when comparing residents aged 65+ to residents aged 12-17, 18-24, and 25-44.

Municipality

  • In 2013/14, residents in Oakville were more likely than residents in all other municipalities to report being active or moderately active (combined). This difference was statistically significant when comparing Oakville to Halton Hills.

Income

  • In 2013/14, the percentage of Halton residents who reported being active or moderately active (combined) increased as income increased. This difference was statistically significant when comparing residents in the low income group to residents in the high income group.

Education

  • In 2013/14, the percentage of Halton adults aged 25 and over who reported being active or moderately active (combined) was higher among those who were post-secondary graduates compared to those who were not post-secondary graduates, and this difference was statistically significant.

References

  1. Health Canada. 2011. Physical Activity. Accessed December 2015 from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/physactiv/index-eng.php