Data reveasl that one person’s healthy running habits can influence their friends’ running habits. (Dreamstime)

By the numbers: Kelowna community health profile

B.C. government and Interior Health provide health data on various demographics

A new report details how Kelowna’s community health stacks up against the rest of the province.

The B.C. Community Health Profile breaks down the contributing factors of how a community is impacted by factors like age, diversity, income, housing, education and more.

“Evidence shows that, long before illness, health starts in our homes, schools and jobs. Our health is affected by access to clean water and healthy food, affordable recreational activities, education and employment opportunities,” says the profile introduction.

READ MORE: Kelowna seniors hopefully cautious after federal funding highlighted in Kelowna

Age and diversity are good starting characteristics of a community that can lead to how a community can better plan out what is needed in a city. Knowing the age population, and the expected changes can better prepare governments and local groups to meet the needs. Meanwhile, understanding the unique needs of the various cultural groups in the community can improve overall health.

The community health data will give an idea of what a community may need in the coming years; a new seniors home, more non-official language teachers to help with new immigrants or a new elementary school is something a potential government can consider after examining the evidence, which can then lead to improved or sustained community health.

READ MORE: Kelowna moves to 6th most expensive rental market in Canada

READ MORE: B.C. premier says affordable housing crunch hurts growth, families, province

Another major factor in community health is income.

“Income greatly impacts health by affecting our living conditions (e.g., adequate housing and transportation options), access to healthy choices (e.g., healthy food options and recreational activities), and stress levels,” says the profile.

The ranges of incomes in a city will impact which kind of programs, services, personnel or funding can improve the entire health of a community.

The profile said that income can be influenced by other social factors in a community such as education, employment, health and social services, transportation and housing.

Spending over 30 per cent of a household’s income on housing is considered unaffordable, says the profile. In 2016, almost 47 per cent of renter households in Kelowna were spending more than 30 per cent.

According to the 2018 Canadian Rental Housing Index, Kelowna residents spend 69 per cent of their income on rent and utilities, while the B.C. average is 80 per cent.

READ MORE: Almost half of B.C. renters spend more than 30% of income on housing

More details on the Kelowna community health profile can be found at communityhealth.phsa.ca/HealthProfiles.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Petition to stop new cell tower too close to Kelowna homes

An online petition was started to stop cell tower construction near Ellison Elementary School

Local Kelowna project tabs restaurant workers for industry fundraiser

The 2nd Hungry Games invites fundraises for local charities

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Clear skies and pushing 20 C

Environement Canada forcasts a sunny and warm Easter weekend

Peeling away: OK strip clubs disappearing

Hear from Penticton’s only strip club owner about their success in a dying industry

Berry: Sayonara journalism, it’s been fun

Lake Country had more in store than I bargained for

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Vernon photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Fire near Vernon airport “not a concern”

Vernon firefighters attended the scene and found a resident performing a controlled burn

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

B.C. women make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read