Health Indicators and Conditions

This section provides information on a number of health indicators and conditions including:

  • Self-rated health status
  • Body weight
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Addictions

Most of the data presented in this section are based on self reported survey information. For additional information on other health indicators for First Nations living in Alberta, such as immunization rates, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and environmental health, consult the annual Health Protection Reports (2003-2007) and the 2008 Health Status Report19. Communities may also obtain community-specific information from their community Health Protection Reports, which have been published since 2003.

19The regional versions of these reports are available by contacting the Health Assessment and Surveillance unit or the Medical Officer of Health, FNIH – Alberta Region

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  • Self Rated Health Status

    Self-rated health status is a commonly used question in population health surveys. Figure 17 indicates that over 60 per cent of Albertans and Canadians ranked their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’, which is much higher than the rate of 40 per cent for on-reserve First Nations in Canada. Figure ... View Full Story »

    Self-Rated Health Status for First Nations (2003) and Albertans / Canadians (2000-2001)
  • Body Weight

    Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference are commonly used tools to identify potential health risks. Figure 19 provides information based on different data sources but both rely on a survey question that asks participants to state their height and weight to estimate the BMI of respondents. It has been ... View Full Story »

    Body Mass Index for Adults, First Nations (2002-2003), Albertans and Canadians (2003)
  • Chronic Health Conditions

    The previous section began to explain the relationship between BMI and chronic health conditions. It is estimated that two thirds of Canadians have at least one modifiable risk factor for a chronic disease21: Smoking Low levels of physical activity Unhealthy eating habits Being overweight or obese As with other health ... View Full Story »

    National Chronic Health Conditions
  • Addictions

    Addictions have a significant impact on health and well-being. The information for this section examines data for alcohol consumption and is based on results from the First Nations Longitudinal Regional Health Survey (RHS) and the Canadian Addictions Survey (Alberta component). In both cases, the information is based on self-reported information ... View Full Story »

    Proportion of Individuals Who Consumed Alcohol by Age Groups