Table C.1.1
General health, health limitations and participation in selected activities1 of 4- and 5-year-olds, by sex, Canada, 2008/2009

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Table C.1.1
General health, health limitations and participation in selected activities of 4- and 5-year-olds, by sex, Canada, 2008/2009
  Boys Girls
percentage standard error percentage standard error
General health  
Excellent 62.5 (1.7) 65.2 (1.8)
Very good 28.0 (1.6) 23.6 (1.5)
Good 8.6 (0.9) 10.1 (1.3)
Fair/Poor F F F F
Health limitations  
Difficulty seeing 3.8 (0.6) 3.7 (0.6)
Difficulty hearing F F F F
Difficulty being understood when speaking 7.6 (0.9) 4.2E (0.7)
Difficulty walking F F F F
Pain or discomfort 1.6E (0.4) 2.6E (0.7)
Ever received a diagnosis of asthma from a health care professional2 12.5 (1.2) 7.9 (0.9)
Long-term allergies 11.5 (1.0) 11.4 (1.1)
Long-term bronchitis 1.9E (0.4) F F
Weekly physical activities outside of school hours1  
Sports that involved a coach or instructor 52.7 (1.7) 40.1 (1.6)
Lessons or instruction in organized physical activities such as dance, gymnastics or martial arts 24.4 (1.5) 46.2 (1.8)
Lessons or instruction in music, art or other non-sport activities 12.5 (1.2) 15.6 (1.4)
Participation in any clubs, groups or community programs with leadership 13.3 (1.0) 13.1 (1.1)
Daily reading activities outside of school hours  
Adult read to the child 60.3 (1.6) 65.2 (1.6)
Four-year-old looked at books, magazines or comics on his or her own 61.0 (2.6) 75.9 (2.6)
Five-year-old looked at books or tried to read on his or her own 62.5 (2.2) 73.7 (2.0)
E use with caution
F too unreliable to be published
1. The adults who responded on behalf of these young children were asked to provide information on children physical activities for the 12-month period leading up to the survey interview.
2. The data reflect the percentage of children who had ever been diagnosed with asthma, not just those who had had an asthma attack in the 12 months before the survey interview.
Note: For a brief description of this indicator, including the methodology, please see the Handbook for the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program.
Source: Statistics Canada, National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, Cycle 8.
Updated April 29, 2011.
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