Whether our work focuses on helping children and families to manage excess weight or prevent unhealthy weight gain, at a basic level, we promote healthy nutrition and physical activity habits.
We know from a substantial body of evidence that eating healthfully and being physically active have health promoting effects; however, one of the challenges in preventing chronic diseases is that the payoff tends to come years or decades in the future. Who can wait that long?! Most of us want to know…now…that the lifestyle choices we make today make a difference over time. Well, now there’s an online tool to satisfy that need.
Researchers at the University of Ottawa recently developed a Life Expectancy calculator as part of their Project Big Life initiative. After you plug in some demography and lifestyle data, the tool generates an estimate of your life expectancy based on an algorithm they created using data derived from the Canadian Community Health Survey. For additional info, click HERE (for the original study to develop and test the tool) and HERE (for a story in the National Post).