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Executive Summary

In October 2007, South-East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) Research Manager used the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) Cycle 3.1 (2005) self-reported data to report the level of physical activity of the city of Moncton residents. This data will be used for baseline comparison to future CCHS data to document trends or changes in physical activity.

This report uses a sample size of 492 residents with a statistical level of confidence of 95 percent, within an overall margin or error of plus or minus 4.4%. The sample represented residents from Moncton East, Moncton Central, Moncton West and Moncton Northwest.

Survey Highlights

  • 62% of Moncton area residents indicate that they have been exercising regularly for more than 3 months.
  • Only 34% of the residents participate in daily physical activity of greater than 15 minutes.
  • Approximately one-half (47%) of the residents are meeting the federal guidelines regarding the number of times an individual needs to exercise (active and moderate physical activity index) for health benefit.
  • The most popular form of exercise is walking (71.1% overall).
  • Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball are most popular for 12-18 year olds.
  • Skiing/Snowboarding, tennis, basketball and popular/social dance are most popular for 19-24 year olds.
  • Ice hockey, swimming, weight-training, in-line skating/roller blading are most popular for 25-40 year olds.
  • No physical activity is most pronounced in the 41-54 year olds at 25%. Exercise classes, gardening/yard work, walking and home exercises follow.
  • In the 55-64, 30% reported no physical activity followed by fishing, gardening/yard work, home exercises and walking (lighter effort activities).
  • In the 65 and older group, 30% report no physical activity followed by gardening/yard work, walking, bowling and exercise classes.
  • 58% of the residents perceive their health as very good or excellent.
  • 22% are still daily or occasional smokers.
  • 36% of the residents indicate a participation and activity limitation.
  • 34% of the residents are classified as overweight with an additional 20% classified as obese.
  • 74% of the residents describe their sense of belonging to their local community as very strong or somewhat strong. Research shows a high correlation of sense of community-belonging with physical and mental health.