Canadian Diabetes Association and Loblaw Companies Limited encouraging Canadians to get tested for type 2 diabetes
TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - In recognition of Diabetes Awareness
Month this November, people across Canada can visit participating
in-store Loblaw pharmacy and DRUGstore Pharmacy™ locations to get a complimentary diabetes risk assessment and more as
part of the Get Checked Now program.
The Get Checked Now program is a national initiative aimed at helping Canadians get checked
for type 2 diabetes and supporting them in making lifestyle choices for
themselves and their families to live longer, healthier lives. This
program is essential given that more than one million Canadians are
currently living with undiagnosed diabetes.
"Since the launch of the program, more than 13,000 Canadians have gotten
checked for diabetes at participating Loblaw pharmacy and DRUGstore Pharmacy locations," said Bobbi Reinholdt, Senior Vice President,
Pharmacy, Loblaw Companies Limited. "Working with the Canadian
Diabetes Association on this program is a natural fit for Loblaw as one
of our aims is to help Canadians make healthier lifestyle choices."
What you can expect this November:
Starting on November 14 (World Diabetes Day) individuals will receive a
FREE diabetes educational booklet with recipes, grocery shopping tips
and coupons when they stop by their local pharmacy
Community Room education sessions at select locations (i.e. New to Diabetes and Living well with Diabetes)
Cooking classes for holiday entertaining at select President's Choice® Cooking Schools
Grocery store tours with an in-store dietitian at select locations
Pharmacy tour with an in-store pharmacist at select locations
"Early detection of diabetes and prediabetes is important in preventing
or delaying the complications associated with the disease and the
development of type 2 diabetes itself," said Michael Cloutier,
President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association. "Our collaboration
with Loblaw Companies Limited is not only an important step in
assisting people living with diabetes and prediabetes manage their
disease, efforts to increase screening and detection of diabetes is
beneficial for all Canadians."
For those living with diabetes, multifactorial interventions can
significantly reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications (e.g.
heart attack and stoke) and mortality by more than 60 per cent.
Furthermore, it's estimated that more than 50 per cent of people living
with prediabetes could delay or prevent the development of type 2
diabetes through healthier eating and increased physical activity. It
is vital that Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes have access
to programs and services that provide educational resources to support
them in effectively managing their disease.
Visit getcheckednow.ca to find out more information about the Get Checked Now program and to locate your nearest pharmacy.
Diabetes in Canada
Today, nearly a quarter of all Canadians are living with diabetes or
prediabetes. By 2020, it is estimated that 1 in 3 Canadians will be
living with diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes also threatens the
economic prosperity of our nation as it currently costs our economy
$11.7 billion annually - a number that is projected to rise to $16
billion by 2020.
About the Canadian Diabetes Association
Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association is leading the
fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy
lives while we work to find a cure. Our community-based network of
supporters help us provide education and services to people living with
diabetes, advocate for our cause, break ground towards a cure and
translate research into practical applications. Please visit
diabetes.ca, join us on facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation,
follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
SOURCE Canadian Diabetes Association
For further information:
or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Manager, National Media Relations & External Communications
Canadian Diabetes Association
Loblaws Companies Limited
Tel: (905) 459-2500