Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 10, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding of Projects in Manitoba to Help Canadians With Diabetes

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding for the Kelsey Recreation Commission and The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Manitoba Branch, under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.

"No single agency or sector of Canadian society can address the complex health problem of diabetes," said Minister Toews. "By partnering with key organizations, the Government of Canada can help to prevent or delay the onset of this disease. Today's announcement is good news for Manitobans who are living with diabetes or prediabetes."

"Supporting people who are at high risk for diabetes or living with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in northern Manitoba will lead to positive lifestyle changes," said Amber Whitehead, Recreation Director for the Town of the Pas and Kelsey Recreation Commission. "Through education, physical fitness and related services, we can prevent or delay the onset of complications associated with this disease and help steer the way to healthier lives."

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.

"Diabetes and hypertension rates have increased in Manitoba's rural and northern communities. We are very pleased to receive this federal funding that will allow us to work on prevention and management strategies to help our citizens manage their diabetes and prevent kidney disease," said Val Dunphy, Executive Director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada – Manitoba Branch.

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 MANITOBA

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.

  • Two projects are taking place in Manitoba.

Manitoba-based projects

One Step Ahead (The Pas)

Kelsey Recreation Commission is receiving $149,400 over two years to provide people living with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in northern Manitoba with education and support to promote positive lifestyle changes that may prevent or delay the onset of complications associated with type 2 diabetes.

The Kelsey Recreation Commission will partner with the NOR-MAN Regional Health Authority. Patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes will receive an individualized clinical and physical activity assessment, followed by relevant education sessions, resources and support.

Manitoba's Interlake: Our Health – Our Future (Winnipeg)

The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Manitoba Branch is receiving $140,000 over two years to plan and implement a variety of public education events and community programming on the prevention and management of hypertension and kidney disease. The public health, education and recreation sectors will provide community-based nutrition and physical activity programming to support the education and self-management of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease.

Project partners include the Interlake Regional Health Authority and the University of Manitoba.

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