I Pay More Taxes Than I Spend and I’m Happy to Continue

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/I’m a numbers guy. I notice a lot of relations between numbers, in addition to finding them in analysis and such. However, I sometimes miss some for years that when I realize it, I am just stunned as to how I could have missed it. The most shocking example still is the one that has to do with my age when running my first marathon, and which I didn’t realize for like a decade. However, this one about my spending and taxes in recent years comes close.

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An Intermittent (Fasting) Resolution

Intermittent fasting is the practice of regularly consuming all your daily food and drink, except for water (drink as needed), within an 8 hour period such that on a 24 hour cycle, you fast for 16 hours. Regularly consuming all of your daily food and drink within less than 8 hours could certainly count, though likely unhealthy if much less time, though I don’t know what qualifies for “much” because I’m not a nutritionist. On the other hand, consuming all of your daily food and drink in a stretch much longer than 8 hours starts becoming questionable if you were intermittently fasting to a sufficient degree to get the health benefits from it. Those would include not eating as much, weight loss, insulin control, better sleep from not eating close to bed time to force the body to digest while sleeping, and so on.

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Will There Be Additional Mental Health Support for COVID-19?

For all the news about support for dealing with COVID-19 and the associated pandemic happening, there’s been remarkably little about mental health support. That’s shocking considering:

  1. The world is a lot more stressful and uncertain place now than it was just two months ago; and
  2. There wasn’t nearly enough mental health services a few months ago.

People facing all kinds of new unknowns and uncertainties, with serious harm potentially at stake. People locked away for a few weeks at a time if they might have COVID-19, or just locked away in areas of extreme lock down. You don’t think people are going to need some mental health services in all this???

I hope someone is seriously planning for LOTS of additional mental health support to help people around the world get through all of this!

Canada’s Most Up to Date, Interactive Public Health Report Card (CCHS 2016, 2015)

I recently updated my 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) Tableau dashboards which showed results in an interactive report card format, with 2016 data. WordPress does not allow JavaScript usage for me to embed those report cards, to explain how they worked and what information you could gather from them far faster, and more effectively, than just from data tables. However, I was able to do it on another site through the link below.

Interactive Public Health Report Cards for CCHS 2015 and 2016, on Tableau Public

If you view it and have any questions or feedback, please leave them there so the discussions can be in one place as much as possible.

The combined year results, with much more granular geographic results, will be explained soon, but are already posted here if you want to look ahead of time. Thank you.

How do YOU Physically Measure Up to Canadians?

I just created an interactive dashboard with distributions of the Canadian population physical health measurements like standing and sitting height, weight, BMI, waist, hip and waist hip ratio, by gender and age group demographics, as measured and released by the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS). More than just averages, there are percentile distributions of 5, 10, 25, 50 (median), 75, 90 and 95, so you can see roughly what portions of the populations are more or less than you in those measurements. More details are in the post with the link because I can’t post the dashboard here with JavaScript not being allowed on WordPress.

See how you stack up, or put in average values from different jurisdictions, like country, state, country bloc, etc. and see how they compare to Canadians!