How healthy are Bermudians? In December 2014, the Department of Health concluded a study to measure the risk of developing a chronic disease such as heart diseases, cancer, stroke, or diabetes for the Government of Bermuda.
In total, 42 per cent of Bermudians had three or more specific risk factors:
- daily smokers
- low fruit and vegetable consumption
- insufficient physical activity
- raised or high blood pressure
Read the Steps to a Well Bermuda Health Survey 2014 for detailed findings.
Health surveys of Bermuda’s residents are conducted every three to five years. These health surveys collect information about the health status of residents in Bermuda, their use of health services and facilities, and health related aspects of their lifestyle.
The aim of the surveys are to:
- obtain information on a range of health issues,
- enable trends in health to be monitored over time,
- and provide information on health indicators for health priority areas.
Eating well in Bermuda
In 2011, most Bermudian adults were overweight or obese. To combat obesity in Bermuda, the government developed the eatwell_bda_dietary_guidelines1.pdfEat Well Dietary Guidelines to help Bermudians make healthy choices with food.
Maintaining health and healthy living
You’re never far from support for your health in Bermuda. See if one of the Department of Health’s programmes can help you.
The Department of Health provides several helpful resources for making healthy choices, all of which are available in PDF format:
- Get helpful tips on keeping a healthy body weight, exercising, and serving sizes in theHealthy Living Guide
- Find specific information on maintaining healthy blood sugar levels or download a personal diabetes passport to use to track visits to your physician.
- Not sure how to read the labels on food? "Check Your Food Labels" explains how much fat, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar you should be looking for.
- Your children’s health knowledge starts young. Set a good example early by packing healthy lunches for toddlers and preschoolers and by having happy meal times from an early age.
- Keep track of how many servings of each food you are eating every day with the Department of Health’s food group tracker, then plan your family’s weekly meals using the menu planner Having your own personal eating plan can also help you stick to healthy eating habits.
- Find out if you and your family are watching too much TV.
It’s also important to keep up to date on your immunizations. Refer to the Government of Bermuda’s recommended immunizations schedule to make sure that you are.
Health professionals should refer to the guide for reporting and investigating communicable diseases and syndromes in the event of a health epidemic.