Francophones' Health Improves

By Rollason, Kevin | Winnipeg Free Press, June 20, 2012 | Go to article overview

Francophones' Health Improves


Rollason, Kevin, Winnipeg Free Press


Those born after '82 better off than non-francophones: report

WHETHER or not you can blame it on poutine, francophones in Canada have traditionally not been as healthy as their non-francophone counterparts. But researchers have found that's changing in Manitoba.

In a 373-page report -- How Healthy are Manitoba's Francophones? -- released on Tuesday by the University of Manitoba's faculty of medicine, researchers discovered that while older francophones in this province are not as healthy as older non-francophones, francophones born after 1982 are already healthier than non-francophones their age.

The head of the study, Dr. Mariette Chartier of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, said the healthier group is the first generation of francophones who have lived under evolving French-language laws.

Chartier said when the study factored in 76 indicators, including mental-health problems, the number of mammograms they had, and suicide rates, it concluded francophones will live longer than non-francophones -- but not by much.

"After adjusting for things like age, sex and socio-economic status, francophone females should live until about 83.7 years old while non-francophone females are expected to live for 83.1 years," she said.

"Francophone males have a life expectancy of 78.8 years compared with 78.1 years for non-francophones."

Chartier said the study runs counter to studies in other provinces that have large francophone populations, including New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec, where francophones are not as healthy as non-francophones. …

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