Pathways to Wellness

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The not-so-good news

Ambulance Stretcher PhotoDespite our many strengths, Yukoners face challenges that will take commitment, ingenuity and good will on all our parts to solve.

  • Our smoking rate is about 50 percent higher than the Canadian average.
  • Yukoners are more likely to binge drink than other Canadians.
  • Fatal injuries are many times higher in Yukon than Canada as a whole.
  • Many Yukoners do not eat enough vegetables and fruits to maintain good health.
  • Diabetes is on the rise. The number of  Yukoners aged 20 years and older living with diabetes has  more than doubled from 1998 to 2008, going  from 3.2 to 7.8 percent of the population.
  • A recent survey of Grade 6-10 students suggests that bullying, emotional wellbeing, school belongingness, cannabis use, and healthy eating are problem areas for many  young people.

One of the challenges we face in the Yukon is to find ways to expand opportunities for healthy living which are practical and sustainable, particularly in the smallest communities. Too often good work revolves around a single person. When that person leaves the community, or burns out, there may be no one to fill the gap. This reality highlights the importance of building strengths, skills and capacity among many people within every community.

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