RATE YOUR HEALTH

Won­der just how healthy you are? Take stock with our quiz and pin­point op­por­tu­ni­ties to boost your well-be­ing through daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

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Take this quiz (from our first-ever is­sue!) to find out where your health is at. You might de­serve a pat on the back.

Cir­cle the ap­pro­pri­ate an­swers – you may need to con­sult your med­i­cal records with your doc­tor – and de­ter­mine your score by tal­ly­ing the sym­bols to the left of your an­swers.

1. What’s your blood pres­sure?

120-139/80 or un­der 140-159/85 160-179/90 180/90 or over

2. What’s your to­tal choles­terol?

4.2 to 5.2 mmol/L 5.3 to 5.7 mmol/L 5.8 to 6.2 mmol/L 6.3 mmol/L or over

3. What’s your HDL (good choles­terol)?

1.2 mmol/L or over 0.9 to 1.1 mmol/L Un­der 0.9 mmol/L

4. Have you had any of the fol­low­ing dis­eases?

Gin­givi­tis or pe­ri­odon­ti­tis Di­a­betes Heart disease Os­teo­poro­sis Di­a­betes with poor con­trol Heart disease with heart at­tack Cancer Stroke

5. Do you have a fam­ily his­tory of di­a­betes, heart disease, stroke, hy­per­ten­sion, cancer or os­teo­poro­sis?

None of the above One of the above Two or three of the above Four or more of the above

6. How much weight have you gained since you were 18?

Less than 15 pounds 16 to 25 pounds 26 to 40 pounds More than 40 pounds

7. Do you smoke?

No, or ex-smoker for five or more years No, but ex­posed to pas­sive smoke for an hour or more a day Yes

8. Do you drink al­co­hol?

No, or up to one drink (women) or two drinks (men) a day Yes, more than two drinks a day

9. Do you use recre­ational drugs?

Mar­i­juana, oc­ca­sion­ally Mar­i­juana, fre­quently Co­caine or other hard drugs

10. What are your driv­ing habits?

Al­ways drive at or un­der the speed limit Of­ten drive up to 25 kilo­me­tres above the speed limit Don’t wear a seat belt Use a cell­phone while driv­ing Of­ten drive over 25 kilo­me­tres above the speed limit Drive af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol

11. How of­ten do you ex­er­cise?

Five or more times a week (for 30 min­utes or more) Three or four times a week One or two times a week Never

12. How many of these food groups do you in­clude in your daily diet?

• Whole grains (ce­real, bread, pasta, rice) • Fruits • Meats/poul­try/ fish/beans and peas/nuts • Veg­eta­bles • Dairy prod­ucts Four or more Three Two Less than two

13. How of­ten do you eat a healthy break­fast?

Five or more days a week Three or four days a week Two days a week or less

14. How many fruits and veg­eta­bles do you eat?

Five or more serv­ings a day Three or four serv­ings a day Two serv­ings a day or less

15. How of­ten do you eat red meat?

Once a week or less Two to five times a week

Six or seven times a week More than seven times a week

16. How of­ten do you eat fish?

Twice a week or more Once a week Once ev­ery two weeks or less

17. Do you have a healthy emo­tional and so­cial life?

You see friends or so­cial groups at least three times a month You feel like you have a good sense of hu­mour You see friends or so­cial groups once or twice a month You tend to take things too se­ri­ously and worry a lot You’re fre­quently de­pressed You see friends or so­cial groups less than once a month

18. What’s your stress level?

You’re not un­der any sig­nif­i­cant stress You have fi­nan­cial wor­ries or sim­i­lar chronic stress You’ve had a ma­jor stress­ful event in your life (job loss, death in the fam­ily, di­vorce, re­lo­ca­tion or ma­jor ill­ness) in the past year

19. What’s your mar­i­tal sta­tus?

Mar­ried or com­mon law Sin­gle, di­vorced or wid­owed

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