Towards a Healthier Canada - 2017 Progress Report on Advancing the Federal / Provincial / Territorial Framework on Healthy Weights

Overview

Canada's Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health/Healthy LivingFootnote * and Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation are pleased to present the third e-Report on progress on healthy weights in Canada, since the endorsement of Curbing Childhood Obesity: A F/P/T Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights (Framework) in 2010. This e-Report, entitled, Towards a Healthier Canada - 2017 Progress e-Report on Advancing the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Framework on Healthy Weights (e-Report), builds on the principles of the first two progress e-Report published in 2013, in that it aims to monitor and report on progress since the endorsement of the Framework. It provides an update of the most recently available data/information on the confirmed national set of indicators and childhood obesity trends since the endorsement of the Framework, where possible. The 2017 e-Report also features a focus on health inequalities and a narrative which serves as a complement to the data tables and infographic.

Footnotes

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Québec shares the general objectives of this framework, but does not support a Canada-wide strategy in a field that falls under its jurisdiction. Québec remains solely responsible for the development, implementation and communication of programs to promote healthy lifestyles within its borders. However, the province intends to continue sharing information and best practices with other Canadian governments.

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Timeline - building momentum

With the endorsement of the Framework in 2010, Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments are working together, and with other sectors, to promote health, reduce disparities and to help create the conditions that will help children, youth and their families live healthier lifestyles. Key milestones of these efforts to date are profiled in the timeline below.

Endorsement of Declaration on Prevention and Promotion (Declaration):

Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health and/or Health Promotion/Healthy Living* endorsed the Declaration, presenting a shared vision for working together, and with others, to make the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, disability and injury a priority for action.

Creating a Healthier Canada: Making Prevention a Priority

Endorsement of Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights (Framework):

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health and/or Health Promotion/Healthy Living* endorsed the Framework as the first tangible action arising from the Declaration, making childhood obesity (and healthy weights) a priority.

Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights

Endorsement of Actions Taken and Future Directions 2011: Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights (Report):

The Report lays out recommendations and key areas of action that governments can take to support healthy weights and reduce childhood obesity.

Actions Taken and Future Directions 2011

Endorsement of Declaration and Framework by F/P/T Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation:

In 2011, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation* also endorsed the Declaration and Framework.

2012 Summit on Healthy Weights:

The purpose of the Summit was to advance efforts in building partnerships across sectors. A total of 86 multi-sectoral stakeholders participated in the one-day event, including governments, not-for-profit organizations, Aboriginal organizations, as well as industry and media representatives. The day provided an opportunity to put new ideas forward, discuss progress of initiatives underway, and connect sectors working toward common objectives.

2012 Video - Promoting Healthy Weights

In September 2012, Ministers of Health endorsed a video presentation on healthy weights. It was the first update to Ministers to be presented in this format (now featured in the 2013 e-Report). This video provides an overview of the issue and profiles a number of the important efforts by governments and various sectors that affect childhood obesity and healthy weights (e.g., promotion of physical activity and healthy eating).

Promoting Healthy Weights video (2012)

2013 e-Report on Healthy Weights

The 2013 Progress Report on Advancing the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Framework on Healthy Weights (Progress Report) was the first F/P/T interactive webpage of its kind used to provide an update on progress to Canadians. The Progress Report told the ongoing story of the collective actions governments and other sectors were taking to advance Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights.

2015 e-Report on Healthy Weights

The 2015 Progress e-Report on Advancing the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Framework on Healthy Weights (e-Report) is built on the same principles of the first progress e-Report published in 2013, and aims to highlight the same two key areas of interest: collective actions underway in all jurisdictions; and an update of the most recently available data/information on the confirmed national set of indicators. The e-Report tells the ongoing story of the collective actions governments and other sectors were taking to advance Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights.

Message from Canada's Ministers of Health/Healthy Living and Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (SPAR)

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, most Canadians are proud of the health of Canada’s population. Compared to other countries, Canada is faring well; Canadians are living longer than ever before. However, there are multiple ways that Canadians can aim to become healthier on a day-to-day basis. Healthy active living and the achievement of a healthy weight are critical for each of us, at all ages.

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On this occasion, we are pleased to present this third e-Report on Healthy Weights (www.towardsahealthiercanada.ca) to Canadians. The e-Report is an online, interactive webpage presented by federal, provincial and territorial governments in order to report on progress to advance Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal/Provincial/Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights (Framework).

This e-Report on Healthy Weights features childhood obesity trends over time. It reports on overall levels of overweight and obesity, as well as on the key factors associated with the achievement of a healthy weight, including physical activity, healthy eating and supportive environments.

It includes a focus on related health inequalities. Differences in health status are experienced by various individuals or groups in society. These can be the result of genetic and biological factors, choices made or by chance; often they are due to an unequal access to key factors that influence health like income, education, employment and social supports. It is important to look at the social and economic factors that influence our health and contribute to health inequalities. Important inequalities also exist among various populations, including First Nations people living off-reserve, Inuit and Métis populations.

Multi-sectoral partnerships remain a key focus of this work given that everyone and every sector has a role to play in promoting healthier living. That is why Canada’s Ministers of Health/Healthy Living and Sport, Physical Activity, and Recreation (SPAR) are working together to create the conditions that promote health and prevent illness, so that children, youth and their families and communities can enjoy good health for generations to come. In July 2017, SPAR Ministers acknowledged the importance of a common vision on physical activity for governments, organizations and leaders from across sectors to help ensure all Canadians are active and to reduce sedentary living. This is the culmination of strong collaboration between the SPAR and health/healthy living sectors, and further demonstrates the need for shared leadership at all levels. Make the most of your Canada 150 - move towards healthier living and take action with your family, friends and community.

Thank you.

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Towards a Healthier Canada – Narrative

The e-Report highlights the most recently available data/information on a national set of indicators related to healthy weights and childhood obesity. Complementing the data tables and infographic, this narrative provides a snapshot of the current status on related issues (physical activity, healthy eating, supportive environments, and health inequalities) and explores possible trends in recent years, since the endorsement of the Framework in 2010.

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Indicators - tracking trends and gauging progress

Gathering information on the many factors that influence childhood obesity/healthy weights can help to inform and identify actions to support change.

In 2013, Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments and experts from across the country agreed on a set of national indicators to report on every two years. The indicators provide information on healthy weights, physical activity and healthy eating, as well as information on the physical and social environments in which children and families live, learn and play. The data presented in the 2017 e-Report represents the second update to the baseline data reported in 2013. The indicators presented in the 2017 e-Report apply to our population as a whole.

Indicators - reporting on health inequalities

Examining health equity and determinants of health is important to improve the health of the population and to ensure that the conditions that support health are distributed fairly.  F/P/T governments have incorporated a health inequality lens in this year’s e-Report (2017), which includes data on inequalities related to Healthy Weights.