Good health begins long before you get to the doctor's office- it starts 'upstream' in our homes, our communities, and where we work, learn, and play. Looking at trends in the health and well-being of our children can help us identify where more work is needed to ensure that everyone has a chance at a happy, healthy life. So how do we rank against other wealthy nations?
Last year, when UNICEF's 2013 report was released, the Toronto Star's Laurie Monsebraaten shared her analysis of Canada's ranking. The findings might surprise you:
"If you think Canada is one of the best places to raise a child, think again.
The latest report on the well-being of children in rich countries ranks Canada 17th out of 29, a score that hasn’t budged in almost a decade, according to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)."
“Considering the size and general health of our economy when compared to the difficult recessions other countries in this report have experienced, it is clear Canada is not doing enough and needs to invest more in our children,” Morley said.
The latest report focuses on five areas including health and safety; behaviour and risk; material well-being; education; housing and environment.
Canada scored above average in housing and environment (11th) and education (14th). But it ranked a “troubling” 27th in health and safety; 16th in behaviours and risk; and 15th in material well-being."
Read the rest of "UNICEF report: Canada ranks 17th of 29 for well-being of children," Laurie Monsebraaten, Social justice reporter, Toronto Star, Apr 10 2013.