The Canadian constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal people: Indians (commonly referred to as First Nations; Métis; and Inuit. We use these specific categories where we have sources for them. The term Aboriginal peoples is employed in order to emphasize that there are more than 600 different Aboriginal communities in Canada.
Some Sobering Statistics
And 10.5 times more likely to die from coronary heart disease. 1
About 40% of Canada’s First Nations’ population lives on reserves.2
First Nations people who have heart attacks are more likely to have other conditions that raise their heart health risks, such as Type 2 diabetes. 3
All of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. 4
This puts First Nations, Inuit and Métis people at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. 4
Giving up smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. Smokers have a much higher risk of heart disease than non-smokers and are about four times more likely to die from heart disease than non-smokers. 5
Consume a low-fat diet high in fruit and vegetables, moderate your alcohol intake and exercise regularly.
Our children adopt healthy eating habits from a young age. Bring your kids up in an environment where you drink water, eat fresh food and play sport regularly.
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