When speaking of health, certain lifestyle factors get ample attention: regular exercise, activity level and a nutritious diet. Genetics also play a role but social determinants of health can have a crucial effect on health.
- job security
- income and social status
- social and physical environment
- a sense of belonging, purpose or contribution
- decent housing
These are amongst some of the factors that shape our health and should be taken into account when considering a wellness plan.
To read more about all the social determinants of health from a Canadian perspective, see the following links: