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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JULY 2002 Obesity statistics cause for concern LOCAL GOT A NEWS TIP You can reach us at 5717430 ortoUfiree 18777865786 BY CURTIS BROWN Brandon Sun Every Tannis Hay sees people making an effort to live a healthier But when she leaves her job at the YMCA and walks around she notices that many people could be doing a much better job of staying I think a lot of people should be more says one of the YMCAs front desk A Statistics Canada study finds that 18 per cent of people living in the Brandon Regional Health District are com pared to 15 per cent across That compares with 22 per cent in Marquette region and 17 per cent in South Hay notices some people are coming in trying to shed excess But theyre the minority in the health Weve had a few heavier people come but those are the ones that have had a few health she Some have made We had one gentleman who joined in October whos already lost 100 Obesity is measured using a body mass index which calculates the ideal amount of weight a person should cary based on their Sharon the health promotion facilitator for the Brandon Regional Health says that fighting obesi ty is something all people need to be concerned The responsibility of health promotion doesnt belong to one person or one Its everyones she And if children are she its going to lead to even more problems in the If youre obese when youre a its going to be even harder to change that when youre an COLIN SUN Volunteer Lynda Wood left chats with Fairview Homes resident Jean Turner on a sunny Tuesday afternoon along 13th Better healthcare access key to Brandon numbers BY CURTIS BROWN Brandon Sun Theres little disagreement that better access to health care might be one reason Brandonites live longer on aver age than their rural A Statistics Canada health study finds that people living in the Brandon Regional Health District live to an average age of almost two years longer than people in the Marquette and South Westman health Derek executive director of Lions Manor in guesses that as many as 50 per cent of the residents in the senior complex come from a rural I would say that if theyre coming from a smaller commu theyre coming because they dont have access to the same services as here in he The StatsCan survey found that people living in the Marquette health region lived to would say that if theyre coming from a smaller communi theyre coming because they dont have access to the same services as here in LIONS MANOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEREK KINDRAT an average age of while those in South Westman are living to years of The average Canadian lives to be years Phil the coordina tor for resident services at Rideau Park says better health care is one reason for rural people to move to the Wheat But he also points out that many residents come to the city because relatives already living in Brandon want to be closer to its a family The person may have sons or daughters that live in and its easier for the family to visit he Debbie Clevett realizes that rural seniors want to access Brandons healthcare The vicepresident of pro grams and services for the Assiniboine Regional Health District the new name for the recentlyamalgamated Marquette and South Westman regions sees this shift as a sign of the Were seeing the depopula tion of the rural areas for Farms used to be smaller and people used to be closer to their and now theyre further apart as farms are larg she Basically in urban more people have more access to health Thats why theyre going City straggles with staying away from tobacco BY CURTIS BROWN Brandon Sun Brandon is battling the The message from a Statistics Canada study of national health doesnt surprise Dave I see a lot of people who drink fairly says a clerk at The Beer Statistics Canadas study finds that 25 per cent of adults living in the Brandon Regional Health Authority area drink A heavy drinker is defined as a person who consumes five or more drinks during one sitting at least once a In the neighbouring Marquette and South Westman health the figures were slightly Only 19 per cent of people in Marquette are reported to be heavy and in South that figure is 17 per The national average is 16 per an employee at the beer store for three says he sees a lot of the same people buying beer Theres some people we see in here all the Some guys we see every Doug the bever age manager at the Canadian doesnt believe people in Brandon drink any heavier than anywhere else hes Ive lived in Edmonton and and I would say that people here dont drink any more than people out there he Id say the average person in the bar maybe drinks two drinks a he does notice the odd person coming to the beer vendor from a house party will have consumed a bit more than those in the you get a few of them in here who can barely stand by the end of the While people in Westman may drink more than the average they appear to smoke Both Brandon and its two neighbouring health districts had lower percentages of people who smoke daily than the rest of the The national figure was 22 compared to 21 per cent in 18 per cent in and 17 per cent in South Arlene Droffin Jones of the Manitoba Lung Association believes one reason for that may be Brandons smoking which will ban smoking in all public places after You guys are showing us the she adding that high er cigarette taxes may contribute to the drop in IN BRIEF Police investigate breakin Electronic equipment and food were among the items stolen dur ing a breakin to a downtown Brandon home Police report a Toshiba television and 21 videotapes along with some groceries were taken from a suite in the 500 block of Louise Avenue between 6 and The value of the stolen items is estimated to be Brandon Sun Restaurateur makes most of roadwork COLIN SUN Chris Dubnick of Brandons Bonanza restau gives a gift certificate to customer Carl Johnston yesterday Dubnick is resorting to more aggressive marketing to combat the disruption from street repairs on 18th BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Chris Dubnick is going out on a limb to tempt customers beyond street construction and into his The owneroperator of Bonanza Restaurant on 18th Street says he is trying to turn his frustration and worry over lack of business into good We have taken a little bit of a which has forced me to make a decision on how Im going to market the restaurant with the construction going Dubnick Dubnicks solution is He has been going out himself and inviting people giv ing out the occasional gift certificate and discounting since construction crews situated themselves in front of his restau rant last Im trying to treat this situation as a Sometimes you run into crossroads and you have to make the best of Dubnick Sometimes you have to step it up and do a lit tle extra to get the people in He says business is down about three per cent since crews started ripping up 18th You can see the expression on the drivers Theyre theyre upset and theyre thinking if it takes this long to get to Bonanza why not just go through drivethrough and take the stuff Dubnick says because crews are right in front of his busi most are unsure if its When youve got all the trucks sitting in he the customers dont know if they can turn in or Construction crews are keeping open access to all business es on 18th Most businesses are also like by back lanes or alternate Dubnick is hoping the extra incentives to battle the con struction and eat at his restaurant will pay Ive even gone out and told the construction workers if they come in well give them 10 per cent If they come in with their well give them 10 per cent Dubnick Were doing whatever it takes to get the people in the You Could ON VIRTUALLY ALL 2002 VEHICLES CASH GIVEAWAY Just Purchase a new or preowned vehicle and your name will be entered in a draw for a total of Cash SHOP WEEKDAY EVENINGS TILL 8PM 7269130 SERVING WESTERN MANITOBA SINCE 1926 Western Manitobas Largest Selection of New and Used Vehicles 15OO 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