Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

January 22, 2008 10:51 ET

Government of Canada Helps to Prevent Diabetes by Investing in Community Projects

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2008) - Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced an investment of more than $493,000 for eight community projects across Canada designed to prevent diabetes.

One of the projects includes a Niagara region initiative called Safe Physical Activity: Where you live, learn and play, which will receive $76,500 and is a collaborative effort of the Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre and the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

"Our Government is committed to preventing diabetes, and by working closely with our partners we can help Canadians make the healthy choices necessary to prevent and manage diabetes," said Minister Clement.

"The projects I am proud to announce today will allow Canadians to access a range of resources and programs in their communities, such as healthy cooking classes, diabetes awareness kits, and physical activity events," said Mr. Dykstra. "The project here in the Niagara region will focus specifically on ensuring elementary school-aged children better understand the risks of diabetes and participate regularly in physical activities."

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada and affects approximately two million Canadians. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 per cent of diabetes cases in Canada. In most cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented through physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weight management.

A backgrounder with more information on the funded projects is attached.

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As part of its diabetes strategy, the Government of Canada today announced over $493,000 to support eight projects in the areas of diabetes prevention, early detection and screening in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

Projects receiving funding:

Ontario - Regional Municipality of Niagara

Safe Physical Activity: Where you live, learn and play $76,500

This project aims to help partner organizations educate children on ways to prevent childhood obesity, provide children with accessible age- and literacy-appropriate print and web-based resources to encourage safe physical activity, increase the number of organized events offering physical activity through safe playing, recruit schools to participate in an active transportation program and provide training for peer student leaders to carry out a playground activity program.

Ontario - Black Secretariat Project (Toronto)

Urban P.H.A.T (Promoting Healthy Activities Together) for After-School & Community


This investment will help increase knowledge and awareness about diabetes and introduce lifestyle changes in order to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes among children in African and Caribbean communities in the Toronto area. Partnering organizations will conduct healthy-cooking classes for youth, distribute culturally appropriate nutrition and healthy shopping guides, and hold physical activity classes in accessible local venues in high-risk neighbourhoods.

Ontario - Sandwich Community Health Centre Project (Windsor)

Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategy (COPS)


This project will increase awareness among children and their parents in the Windsor area of diabetes and the benefits of better fitness and nutrition practices. Partner organizations will conduct physical activity sessions at local summer camps, host all-day events on nutrition and physical activity, and develop a community-specific guide for children and parents on proper nutrition and physical activity.

Nova Scotia - Health Association of African Canadians

Taking Hold of Our Health - African Nova Scotian Youth Diabetes Prevention Group


This project seeks to increase awareness of type 2 diabetes among African Nova Scotian youth and their families. Activities will include the development of a project advisory committee with representatives from the communities and Black youth; the development of Black youth-appropriate diabetes awareness and prevention education initiatives; the development and implementation of train-the-trainer modules; a holding of a community event to share the youth learning with the communities.

New Brunswick - Regie Regionale de la Sante Beausejour

La lutte contre le diabete: des solutions innovatrices en prevention primaire pour la population rurale


This project will increase awareness of the risk factors associated with diabetes in the rural Francophone, Acadian and Aboriginal communities of Kent, and will promote early detection and awareness of diabetes risks. Activities will include, among others, launching an awareness campaign and information kit, and referring individuals at high risk for diabetes and pre-diabetes to the medical services required.

New Brunswick - South-East Regional Health Authority

Diabetes Rural Community-Based Program in Petitcodiac and Surrounding Area


This project involves the review of successful programs aimed at risk reduction in rural communities to produce a summary of the findings. Focus groups, key informant interviews and surveys with community stakeholders will be carried out to determine the specific needs and interests of the rural communities. A plan for a diabetes self-management and a risk reduction program that responds to the needs of rural communities will be developed and implemented.

New Brunswick - Association acadienne et francophone des ainees et aines du Nouveau-Brunswick

Un echange intergenerationnel


This project will develop opportunities for a unique intergenerational exchange between seniors and youth on the impact of type 2 diabetes. Francophone and Acadian youth and seniors will be informed of type 2 diabetes risk factors, as well as the behaviours necessary to prevent diabetes and its complications. A series of senior- and youth-led health days will be carried out in New Brunswick's Francophone high schools.

P.E.I. - La Societe educative de l'Ile-du-Prince-Edouard

Information en main, sante pour demain


This project will conduct an inventory of available resources on diabetes prevention, management, programs and services on PEI and adapt programs and services so that they better respond to the needs of the Acadian and Francophone populations. A guide of service providers and programs will be created along with a diabetes awareness campaign.

Alberta - Institute of Health Economics in Alberta

Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System


This project will help to disseminate the results of the Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System (ADSS) to Alberta health care providers, researchers, policy-makers, and community stakeholders to improve access to timely community-level diabetes data. This will ultimately increase the capacity of Alberta communities to locally address key diabetes issues at the local level.

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