Life expectancy as a measure of population health: Comparing British Columbia with other Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games host jurisdictions

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A study titled 'Life expectancy as a measure of population health: Comparing British Columbia with other Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games host jurisdictions' has been conducted by the Population Health Surveillance team at PHSA, in response to the BC government's ambitious goal for 2010 – that BC will be the healthiest jurisdiction to ever host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Although the results confirm that British Columbians are among the healthiest people in Canada and the world and that the life expectancy of both men and women continues to improve. However, they also reveal areas of possible concern – where BC’s recent progress is starting to recede. BC men are living longer than ever before, but their progress is more than off set by the much slower life expectancy gains being made by BC women.  Read the complete report.