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Health in the NWT

Being healthy is more than not being sick. Health is a combination of physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Health is a resource that people need for their everyday lives—it lets them take part in the life of their family, community and society. It also lets them contribute meaningfully to society.

In the Northwest Territories we have a relatively young population3. In 1996:

  • 37% were under the age of 20, compared to 27% nationally

  • 4% were 65 or older, compared to 12% nationally

Some aspects of the health of a population reflect its age. For example, injuries or sexually transmitted diseases occur mainly among young people.

For the most part, people in the Northwest Territories say their health is good, very good or excellent—only 9% say their health is poor.

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3 Government of the Northwest Territories, Dept. of Health and Social Services, NWT Health Status Report

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