What Makes Us Healthy?

The answer to this question is complex. It is more than just the health care system, our genetics and our health behaviour choices.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says these 12 factors are what determine our health the most:

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What is Health Equity?

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health states that health equity is achieved when people can reach their full health potential and are not disadvantaged from attaining it due to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, social class, socioeconomic status or other socially determined circumstance.

Unequal social relations result in diminished health outcomes, leaving disadvantaged social groups vulnerable to poor health and living conditions. The Perth District Health Unit advocates for health equity by improving the social, economic, environmental and health systems in our community.

Video: Equality does not mean Equity

Jason’s Story

This deceptively simple story helps us better understand the factors and conditions that determine the health of every Canadian.

“Why is Jason in the hospital?
Because he has a bad infection in his leg.
But why does he have an infection?
Because he has a cut on his leg and it got infected.
But why does he have a cut on his leg?
Because he was playing in the junk yard next to his apartment building and there was some sharp, jagged steel there that he fell on.
But why was he playing in a junk yard?
Because his neighbourhood is kind of run down. A lot of kids play there and there is no one to supervise them.
But why does he live in that neighbourhood?
Because his parents can’t afford a nicer place to live.
But why can’t his parents afford a nicer place to live?
Because his Dad is unemployed and his Mom is sick.
But why is his Dad unemployed?
Because he doesn’t have much education and he can’t find a job.
But why …?”