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A statistical portrait of Manitoba students

A statistical portrait of Manitoba students

Winnipeg Health Region
Wave, March / April 2010

Partners in Planning for Healthy Living recently asked 34,000 Manitoba students in Grades 9 to 12 to answer some questions about how they live. Here is a snapshot of the results:

Physical Activity

41 Percentage of female students who participate in the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
55 Percentage of male students who participate in the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
53 Percentage of students who are physically active in Grade 9.
41 Percentage of students who are physically active in Grade 12.
27 Percentage of students who use active transportation to get to and from school.

Nutrition

4 Percentage of students who eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Body Mass

67 Percentage of males who fall within the recommended healthy weight category.
79 Percentage of females who fall within the recommended healthy weight category.
13 Percentage of students who consider themselves underweight.
29 Percentage of students who consider themselves overweight.
55 Percentage of students who consider themselves to be a healthy weight.

Tobacco

21 Percentage of male and female students in Grades 9 to 12 who say they smoke.
16 Percentage of students who smoke in Grade 9.
27 Percentage of students who smoke in Grade 12.

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

37 Percentage of students in Grade 9 who had at least one drink of alcohol in the last 30 days.
69 Percentage of students in Grade 12 who had at least one drink of alcohol in the last 30 days.
34 Percentage of students who had five or more drinks within a couple of hours on at least one day in the past 30 days.
20 Percentage of students who used illegal drugs in the last 30 days.

School Connectedness

76 Percentage of students who feel close to people at their school.
76 Percentage of students who feel they are part of their school.
74 Percentage of students who are happy to be at their school.
79 Percentage of students who feel safe in their school.
37 Percentage of students who felt so sad or hopeless in the past 12 months that they stopped doing some usual activities for awhile.

Partners in Planning for Healthy Living is a group of Manitoba partner organizations including regional health authorities, government departments and non-government groups who share a common mandate for preventing chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Wave: March / April 2010

About Wave

Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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