Canada's New Government announces diabetes project in Manitoba



    WINNIPEG, MB, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Member of Parliament for Kildonan -
St. Paul, Joy Smith, today announced, on behalf of Federal Health Minister
Tony Clement, that Canada's New Government will contribute $86,600 to Get
Better Together! Manitoba. This initiative, in partnership with the Wellness
Institute at Seven Oaks General Hosptial, the Regional Health Authorities of
Parkland, NOR-MAN and Central Manitoba and the North Eastman Health
Association, promotes leadership and diabetes self-management among
populations with or at risk of diabetes so they are better equipped to manage
their condition.
    "As a proud supporter of this initiative, Canada's New Government is
committed to help improve the health and well-being of Manitobans living with
diabetes," said Ms. Smith. "This project complements other healthy living
initiatives recently introduced by our government. It encourages and empowers
those with diabetes to be active and confident in delivering their own
treatment plans."
    This initiative uses the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management
Program, and trains leaders in each of the four regional health authorities to
deliver the program in their communities. Upon completion of this project,
there will be a significant increase in regional capacity to continue to
operate this initiative, including numerous trained leaders and experienced
host sites. The Wellness Institute will develop a best practices guide for
Manitoba to facilitate successful implementation of future sites.
    Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada and affects
approximately two million Canadians. Physical inactivity and unhealthy eating
habits leading to obesity, play a major role in the onset and progression of
type 2 diabetes. Although no cure is yet available, it can be managed.
Educating Canadians at risk and their families about controlling diabetes is
an important first step in preventing or delaying the complications that can
arise from this disease.

    The Public Health Agency of Canada has a number of resources and
publications available on diabetes and its consequences. For more information,
visit www.phac.gc.ca

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For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Stacey Meek, Office of Ms. Joy
Smith, MP, (204) 984-6322


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