Approximately 2.5 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. In Canada, one in three children are overweight or obese and a growing population of younger Canadians are acquiring type 2 diabetes at earlier ages.
Through the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Government of Canada is taking a proactive, long-term approach to prevention and management of diabetes. The Canadian Diabetes Strategy invests $6 million a year in ongoing funding to develop and evaluate community-based programs that help Canadians, and their health professionals, promote healthy living practices and prevent chronic diseases.
Groupes de prévention du diabète et de l’obésité Hans Kai
Funding of $165,200 is provided to the Coopérative de solidarité de santé de la MRC Robert-Cliche for a project to apply the Japanese Hans Kai group approach (support, learning and mutual assistance) to diabetes and obesity prevention. The project will encourage the adoption of healthy behaviours by families living in Beauce, Quebec through improved knowledge and skills development. The project will provide workshops to participants and will train volunteer group facilitators.
For more information, please visit the diabetes section of the Public Health Agency’s website.