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  • C O M M U N I T Y P I C T U R ER E P O R T

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    A Healthy Sarnia-Lambton

    P R E PA R E D FO R :The Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport Healthy Communities Fund Partnership Stream

    S U B M I T T E D BY :County of Lambton Community Health Services DepartmentHealthy Living Lambton - Healthy Communities Partnership

    A H E A L T H YS A R N I A - L A M B T O N

    C O M M U N I T YP I C T U R E

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    E X EC U T I V E S U M M A RY LambtonCountyishometoapproximately128,000residents. Lambtonhasagreaterpercentageofadultsaged50yearsandolderthandoestherestofOntario. Overthelastthreecensusperiods,therehasbeenaconsistentlossofyoungadultsaged20-29inallmunicipalities. Lambtonhasalowproportionofrecentimmigrantscomparedtotheprovinceandvisibleminoritiesrepresentonly 2.7%ofthepopulation. LambtonCountysAboriginalpopulationaccountedfor4.6%ofthetotalpopulation,comparedtoaprovincial averageof2.0%. 2.4%ofthepopulationreportsthattheirmothertongueisFrenchorFrenchandEnglish. WhileLambtonhasalowerproportionofuniversitygraduatescomparedtoOntario,ithasahigherproportionwith collegeorapprenticeshipcredentials. 6.5%ofindividualsinLambtonCountywereclassifiedashavinglow-incomestatusin2005,including7.8%of childrenandyouthaged0-17years.

    TheCountyofLambtonCommunityHealthServicesDepartmenthasprovidedcoordinationandsupportinbringingcommu-nitypartnerstogethertocreatetheHealthyLivingLambtonHealthyCommunitiesPartnership-workingtogethertomakeourcommunityahealthierplace,toliveworkandplay.

    ThisCommunityPicturesummarizesinformationfromHealthyLivingLambtonscommunityplanningandassessmentactivi-tiesundertakenwithinthescopeandframeworkoftheMinistryofHealthPromotionandSport(MHPS)HealthyCommunitiesFundPartnershipStream.TheHealthyCommunitiesFundfocusesonsixpriorityareas:(1)physicalactivity,sportandrecre-ation;(2)healthyeating;(3)tobaccouse/exposure;(4)injuryprevention;(5)substanceandalcoholmisuse;and(6)mentalhealthpromotion.

    Communityconsultationwasconductedtoinformtherecommendedactionsineachofthesixpriorityareas.Methodsincluded: keyinformantinterviewswithprioritypopulations:francophone,lowincome,youth,andolderadults keyinformantinterviewswithcommunityleadersineachpriorityarea networkmappingwithlocalorganizationsandnetworks acommunitysurvey areviewofexistingcommunityreports ascanoflocalpoliciesthatsupporthealthinmunicipalities areviewofstatisticsfeaturingsocio-demographicandhealthbehaviourdata twocommunityprioritysettingexercises

    ItishopedthattheRecommendedActionsservetofocustheeffortsofcommunityorganizationsworkingintheseareas,buildnewandstrongerpartnerships,andseektoaddresskeyissuesininnovative,effectiveways.

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    L A M b To n Co U n T Y R ECo M M E n d E d AC T I o n S A n d Po L I CY d I R EC T I o n S

    Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation Recommended Actions 1. Increasestudentsopportunitiestobeactiveintheschoolsetting,throughnon-competitiverecreationprogramming, supportstoeducators,andactivetransportationopportunitiesforstudents. 2. Increaseaccesstolowcost/nocostsportandrecreationalactivitieswithinthecommunityforallages.

    Policy Directions WorkwithParentCouncilsintheschoolsettingtoestablishanactivetravelpolicythatpromotessafe,activetravel toandfromschool. Establishlocalpoliciesthatreducebarrierstoparticipationinsportandrecreationprograms,suchasprogramfees, equipmentcosts,transportation,etc.

    Healthy EatingRecommended Actions 1. Increaseaccesstoaffordable,healthyfoodforallresidents. 2. Increasefoodskillsamongcommunitymembers,particularlyamongyouthandyoungadults.

    Policy Direction Establishmunicipalplanningandtransportationpoliciesthatincreaseaccesstohealthyfood.

    Tobacco Use/ExposureRecommended Actions 1. Addresshighyouthsmokingratesthrougheducationaswellastheprovisionofsmokingcessationprograms. 2. Createsmoke-freepublicplacesandoutdoorareasincludingparks,sportsfieldsandbeaches,inadditiontoexpanding smoke-freeareasaroundentranceways.

    Policy Direction AmendtheLambtonCountytobaccobylawtoincludeoutdoorareas.

    Alcohol and Substance MisuseRecommended Actions 1. Providepositiveoptionsandactivitiesforteensthatareincompatiblewithalcoholandsubstancemisuse. 2. Provideschool-based,preventionfocused,integratedstrategiesforchildrenandyouthandtheirfamilieswhichwill discouragealcoholandsubstancemisuse.

    Policy Directions Developpoliciestodesignateyouth-friendlyeventsasalcoholfree. Developcomprehensiveschooldrugandalcoholpolicies.

    Mental Health PromotionRecommended Actions 1. Providepositivementalhealthinitiativesforyouthwhichstrengthenself-esteem,provideskillsrelatedtohealthy relationshipsandangermanagement,andreducephysicalandpsychologicalisolation. 2. Increasethecoordinationofmentalhealthservices.

    Injury PreventionRecommended Actions 1. Developlocalpolicytoaddressmodifiablebuiltenvironmentfactorswhichcontributetofallsandrelatedinjuries. Factorstobeaddressedincludesnowremovalonsidewalks,lightingandothersafetyfeaturesinpublicareas. 2. Developsafetyinitiativeswithafocusonincreasinghelmetusageforallsportandrecreationalactivities.

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    TA b L E o f Co n T E n T S

    Purpose of the Report....................................................................................................... 2

    Overview of the Healthy Communities Fund.................................................... 4

    MethodologyDocumentReview.................................................................................................................. 6StakeholderConsultation....................................................................................................... 6PriorityPopulations................................................................................................................ 6PolicyScanUpdate................................................................................................................. 7CommunitySurvey................................................................................................................ 7CommunityPlanningandPrioritySettingMeetings.............................................................. 7

    Demographic ProfileLocal Government ........................................................................................................................ 9

    Population Characteristics............................................................................................................. 9

    Socio-economic Characteristics FamilyComposition....................................................................................................... 11 Income........................................................................................................................... 12 Employment&Workforce............................................................................................. 12 Education....................................................................................................................... 12 Housing......................................................................................................................... 12

    Priority Populations FrancophoneResidents................................................................................................... 13 VisibleMinorities&EthnicPopulations........................................................................ 13 AboriginalResidents....................................................................................................... 14 OlderAdults................................................................................................................... 14 Youth.............................................................................................................................. 14

    Health Status IndicatorsOverallHealthandWell-being............................................................................................. 16HealthBehaviourandRiskFactors....................................................................................... 16ChronicDiseases................................................................................................................. 17

    Healthy Communities Fund Priority AreasTobacco Use/Exposure

    StatisticsandTrends....................................................................................................... 21 EmergingIssues.............................................................................................................. 23 SuggestedActions........................................................................................................... 24 ProgramsandServices.................................................................................................... 25 PolicyUpdate................................................................................................................. 27

    Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation StatisticsandTrends....................................................................................................... 27 EmergingIssues.............................................................................................................. 28 SuggestedActions........................................................................................................... 29 ProgramsandServices.................................................................................................... 31 PolicyUpdate................................................................................................................. 31

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    Healthy Eating StatisticsandTrends....................................................................................................... 31 EmergingIssues.............................................................................................................. 33 SuggestedActions.........

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