Health status includes physical, social, and emotional health, as well as physical and social risks to well-being. Children and youth are generally considered to be at the peak of health - and in many respects, that is true.
Some positive trends among Canadian youth include declining smoking rates, fewer unintended pregnancies, and lower death rates. There are, however, some health concerns, including lower rates of physical activity, and higher rates of obesity, asthma, prescription drug use, and sexually transmitted infections.
In addition to reporting on these health indicators, this section of Progress takes a closer look at the needs of children with disabilities and the health of Aboriginal children.