Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 10, 2011 14:00 ET

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

THETFORD MINES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced funding for four organizations in Quebec under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.

"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," said Minister Paradis. "Through funding from the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Government of Canada is partnering with key organizations in Quebec to improve the lives of people who have or who may develop diabetes."

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.

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.

Également disponible en français

FACT SHEET

DIABETES COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS IN QUEBEC

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 Quebec.

Quebec-based projects

Favoriser de bonnes pratiques de gestion du poids chez les professionnels de la santé et les femmes de 18-45 ans (Montreal)

Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ) is receiving $110,000 over 15 months to provide training to 500 nurses and other health professionals on effective weight loss approaches for overweight/obese women who are at risk for diabetes.

Women at risk will receive weight loss counselling from the trained health professionals who will also refer them to related programs in their community. Regular follow-up will help ensure the women are monitored for their risk of developing diabetes or its complications and that they receive ongoing support and encouragement to continue with their weight loss activities.

Programme d'éducation et de dépistage ciblé pour la santé rénale (Montreal)

La Fondation canadienne du rein – Division Québec is receiving $90,000 over 15 months to partner with Montreal's Centres de santé et de services sociaux to screen for diabetes and kidney disease among a number of multi-ethnic communities in Montreal.

Participants will complete a form that collects demographic information, health history, level of physical activity, family history of high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney failure, which will then be used to refer participants to their family doctor or local health center and social services. A follow-up interview with each participant three months later will assess lifestyle changes and confirm if participants have seen their doctors.

Développement d'environnements communautaires favorables à l'activité physique et l'auto-gestion des soins du diabète et ses co-morbidités (Montreal)

Comité Jeunesse de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is receiving $230,000 over two years to design and implement exercise programs for residents of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce living with or at-risk of diabetes. These programs will be tailored to the needs of people living with diabetes and will be implemented in public facilities throughout Montreal.

Ensemble face au diabète. Des synergies réelles, un espace virtuel (Montreal)

Réseau Action Santé (RAS) is receiving $205,000 over two years to create a community of practice in order to facilitate knowledge transfer, promote strategic networking, and improve professional support through online learning modules and virtual problem-solving. This project will bring together a multitude of community organizations and health professionals (including physicians, nurses, kinesiologists and nutritionists).

This project will improve professional capacity to support people with diabetes in the province of Quebec.

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