Fighting Type 2 Diabetes
Ontario Supporting Diabetes Prevention
Ontario is helping people live healthy lives by investing in programs to prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Nearly $10 million in funding will support local programs devoted to the prevention of type 2 diabetes, including the Diabetes Prevention Program through seven local Public Health Units and five Community Health Centres across Ontario. The program provides:
- Screening of high-risk populations and referral to relevant health services.
- Resources that encourage healthy eating and increased physical activity.
- Training to health professionals and educators on diabetes prevention.
- Local awareness campaigns to direct people to appropriate programs and services.
The province is also supporting the Diabetes Early Detection Program in the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) at three health care organizations. This includes a program delivered through Unison Health and Community Services that will help with early detection of diabetes in Latin/Central/South American, East African/Caribbean and East/Southeast Asian populations. Aboriginal and South Asian communities in Toronto will also benefit from early detection clinics, educational workshops and referral services in their native language.
The Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program is also receiving support for six Family Health Teams across Ontario to promote a healthier lifestyle for at-risk adult populations.
Supporting programs that help people live healthier lives and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes is part of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care. This supports the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Across the province, the number of Diabetes Education Teams has increased from 220 to 321 since 2009.
- As of June 2010, 100 per cent of Ontarians with diabetes who wish to have a primary care provider now have one.
- Ontario is proposing to help parents and their children make healthier choices by putting calories on menus, following consultations with the food industry and health care sector. Legislation that would require large chain restaurants to include calories on their menus will be introduced this winter.
“More than one million Ontarians are living with Type 2 diabetes and the number is growing every day. Providing communities across the province with support to prevent diabetes will help Ontarians remain healthy and reduce the burden on our health care system.”
“This investment is good news for the residents of York South-Weston and will help people live healthy lives. These programs give us additional tools in the fight against Type 2 diabetes by targeting the diverse populations in our community.”
“At Unison Health we know first-hand how integral diabetes prevention is toward building healthy communities. This support will give communities the tools they need to promote healthy living and offer at-risk populations the services they need to combat diabetes.”
“The Canadian Diabetes Association welcomes this investment in diabetes prevention, screening and detection. Targeting high risk populations and enhancing support for those already living with diabetes will help us in the fight against diabetes in Ontario and is in alignment with the priorities outlined in our Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada.”
Dr. Jan Hux