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The maps were created as chloropleth maps to show the often small differences in percentages for the various categories between provinces.  It is useful to show small differences in percentages of population per provinces because even one percent of the population is a large number of people.  Other types of maps, such as proportional symbol maps, are unable to discriminate between similar percentages and show rank like a chloropleth map.  With a chloropleth map it is easy to see where provinces rank in relation to one another in the various categories.          

            Overall, within the 5 categories (percentage of population insufficiently active, percentage of youth not active, percentage of adults overweight, percentage of population diagnosed with high blood pressure, and percentage of population which eats the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables), Newfoundland had the highest percentages, and British Columbia and Alberta the lowest.  Thus there are regional differences in health, at least within the 5 categories.  British Columbia and Alberta seem to have the healthiest population and Newfoundland the least healthiest, although in the ‘percentage of population which eats the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables’ category, Newfoundland has the highest percentage.  The rest of the provinces (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) tend to have intermediate percentage values, although Quebec has high a percentage of its population insufficiently active, including youth.  As well, Nova Scotia has a high percentage of population with high blood pressure.