Manitobans getting healthier, study shows

Good news if you live in Manitoba – people living in the province are getting healthier.

University of Manitoba’s Centre for Health Policy finds health improvements for Manitobans

A new study has found Manitobans are healthier and living longer. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

Good news if you live in Manitoba – people living in the province are getting healthier.

A new study from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy found a lot of good news for people in the prairie province.

“The overwhelming story here is that Manitobans are getting healthier [and] living longer,” said Dr. Randy Fransoo, a senior scientist involved in the study. “Mortality rates are going down. Prevalence of lots of diseases are going down. Heart attack and stroke rates are going down. “

The new study looked at 70 health indicators and compared their rates in 2006 and 2007 to 2011 and 2012.

“In this report, it is just incredible. The vast majority of indicators that we’ve got here suggest that things are getting better,” said Fransoo.

It wasn’t all rosy news, though. The rate of people over age 65 who are getting the flu shot is decreasing. The rates have dropped from 62 per cent to 56 per cent.


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