Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 10, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding of Projects in Calgary, Alberta to Help Canadians with Diabetes

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, today announced funding for the Calgary Urban Project Society and Hypertension Canada under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.

"The work being undertaken by these organizations will improve the lives of people most at risk of developing diabetes and help those with diabetes learn how to manage their condition," said MP Devinder Shory. "These two projects being funded under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy will greatly benefit our community."

"People living in poverty in Calgary are at risk for diabetes. The roadmap to a healthy lifestyle includes physical activity programs and healthy eating seminars," said Ingrid Meeuwisse, Nurse Practitioner with CUPS Health and Education Centres. "This much-needed support from the federal government will help us deliver a diabetes management program to those members of the community who most need our help."

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada and affects approximately two million Canadians. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in Canada. It can often be prevented or delayed with regular physical activity, healthy eating and by maintaining a healthy weight. If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to serious complications like heart disease and stroke, blindness, chronic kidney disease, nervous system damage, and amputation.

"We are very pleased to receive this funding that will help us promote a diabetes and blood pressure management program targeted to low income seniors, said Dr. Charlotte Jones, Hypertension Canada and the LIBIN cardiovascular institute of Calgary. Staying healthy is important, both for older adults and society. The prevention and control of high blood pressure will go a long way in helping to foster the good health of our seniors."

Today's announcement is part of the funding for diabetes projects across Canada announced by Minister Aglukkaq on November 1, 2011. Current projects funded under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the health of Canadians. For more information on diabetes or healthy living, please visit www.publichealth.gc.ca. A Fact Sheet with more information on the funded projects is attached.

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FACT SHEET

DIABETES COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS IN CALGARY, ALBERTA

SUMMARY

  • Approximately two million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many more are unaware they have the disease and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to continue to rise.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to closely working with partners across the country to prevent and control diabetes. The projects announced today are part of this commitment.

  • Under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Government of Canada is investing over $6 million in 7 national and 30 regional projects. These projects address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Four projects are taking place in Alberta, with two located in Calgary.

Calgary-based projects

Diabetes and Living in Poverty

The Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) is receiving $58,320 over two years to identify people living in poverty in Calgary who are at risk for diabetes in order to provide them with diabetes screening and management. Those identified as diabetic will receive counselling on how they can manage their diabetes and decrease their risk of complications. In addition, patients will be offered access to physical activity opportunities at no cost, and food vouchers to increase access to healthier food choices.

Project partners include Calgary Alpha House Society, the Mustard Seed Society and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Community Action Teams for Cardiovascular Health in Low Income Seniors

Hypertension Canada is receiving $135,350 over two years to develop a diabetes and blood pressure management program targeted to low income seniors in Calgary. Seniors participating in the screening sessions will be given lifestyle advice and educational materials that promote self-management of diabetes and information about the links between cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Project partners include Metropolitan Calgary Foundation Housing for Seniors, the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University – School of Nursing, and the Calgary Fire Department.

About the Canadian Diabetes Strategy

The Canadian Diabetes Strategy (CDS) receives ongoing annual funding of $18M through the Integrated Strategy for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease.

  • The Federal Government and its partners address diabetes and related complications through the CDS, which focuses on the prevention, early detection and self-management of all types of diabetes.
  • The CDS has raised general awareness of diabetes and its risk factors, and created the first integrated national diabetes surveillance system.
  • Through community-based programming, projects are developed to enhance prevention initiatives in high-risk populations, to increase awareness of risk factors, and to help people living with diabetes avoid serious complications.

Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Media Relations
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    (613) 941-8189