New online social network enables Canadians living with diabetes to be in control of their health journey

    - An online community that delivers the first national Web directory of
    health services, trustworthy knowledge and the power of social networking
    to those interested in self-managing their health

Wellocities, a joint effort by people living with diabetes, scientists, health
professionals and business leaders was released today across Canada. Now,
Canadians have a quick, free and easy way to find out where they are, what
they need, and who can help them on their journey with diabetes.
    Barbara Pasternak, Founder and Chair of the Diabetes Hope Foundation uses
Wellocities and feels that it will touch many lives. "Being able to instantly
share health experiences, knowledge and resources with others who are affected
by diabetes will have a profound impact on access to services and information
that affect their quality of life," she said.
    Today, nearly 2 million known Canadians are affected by diabetes and at
least 20% more remain undiagnosed. According to a recent study, diabetes is
rapidly becoming a pandemic with one-third of individuals born after 2000
expected to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.
Diabetes and other chronic diseases now affect nearly 40 per cent of the
Canadian population and consume up to 70% of the country's annual health care
    "As the Canadian population ages, the management of chronic diseases such
as diabetes is becoming a tremendous challenge to health care systems and
society as a whole," said Dr. Peter Sargious, Co-Chair of the Canadian Chronic
Care Network and attending physician in the Calgary Health Region's Diabetes
Education Centre. "Wellocities expands the community of support for
individuals and families looking to improve their health and well-being - and
extends the capacity of health care teams to help them."
    "We still do not have a cure for diabetes. Therefore, it is essential for
people living with this disease to be able to manage it every day, with as
much wisdom and support as possible. Wellocities's mission is to become the
destination for Canadians interested in self-managing their health," said
Dr. Alex Jadad, Wellocities's Chairman, and long-time public advocate,
physician and world-renowned innovator on public empowerment efforts. "Thanks
to the internet, we can now be in control of decisions about our own health
and well-being, personally or in partnership with health professionals."
    Wellocities is designed to fuel this transformation. It brings to people
affected by diabetes:

    -   The most trusted health information sources available on the web;
    -   Canada's first and only nationwide health directory with traditional
        and non-traditional health services as well as private and public
        providers; and
    -   State-of-the-art social networking and collaborative features that
        allow people to monitor their own conditions, rate services and share
        first hand accounts of their health experiences with others.

    Most importantly, Wellocities can be accessed conveniently through other
social networking sites such as Facebook, which is now Canada's leading Web
destination and part of many Canadians' daily routines. There are at least 57
groups related to Canadian diabetes among 6 million active Facebook users in
Canada today.
    "Wellocities is designed by patients and health professionals for
patients and their caregivers," said Dr. Amol Deshpande, Chief Medical Officer
at Wellocities. "As a resource, it will continue to be developed, refined, and
enhanced and improved constantly by its community."
    Wellocities is a free service supported by online revenues from the
presentation to users of information about people, places and services (e.g.,
medications, devices, consumer goods), and other products relevant to their
health and well-being.

    Canadians Express Support for Wellocities

    Numerous Canadians, individuals and health professionals, are expressing
their support for Wellocities and its social networking aim to help
individuals meet their health challenges.

    - Dr. Brendan Carr, Vice President Medicine, Capital Health, Halifax

    "Capital Health has begun a journey to transform the way we deliver
healthcare from a provider-focused system to one that is collaborative - where
we work with our citizens to help them achieve their best health outcomes. We
know that this is a significant shift in the way we do our work, and we must
be open to new ways to connect with our citizens. Social networking
technologies, like many other aspects of Web 2.0, are opening up new
opportunities for the healthcare sector that we are only now beginning to
explore. That is why we are very excited about working with Wellocities."

    - Lorraine Anderson, TRIDEC Diabetes Education Centre, Toronto

    "At TRIDEC we see our clients as experts in their own care who are
empowered to set their own goals, make choices and experiment with management
options with our support. As a dietitian with diabetes myself, I've
experienced first-hand the benefits of group programs and networking
opportunities to receive timely information about the latest in diabetes
management tools and services. With Wellocities we can now perpetuate this
effort through online conversations and experience sharing, 24 hours a day,
365 days a year."

    - Dianne Lehman, Executive Producer, Diabetes Compass Radio, Edmonton

    "Congratulations are in order toward the caring, clever staff at
Wellocities for this impressive resource. This is a tremendous tool for
persons living with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes and those of you
who are caregivers for loved ones who have diabetes. Diabetes can be a
struggle at times but please know that you are not alone. I encourage you to
visit your doctor every three months (if you live with Type 2), meet with a
health team regularly and reach out to expert, reliable resources such as

    - Larry Millson, Reporter, Globe and Mail, Toronto

    "As an individual affected by diabetes I often feel the need to reach out
to find new ways to improve my ability to maximize my active living with
diabetes. Wellocities is the best way to network with others and focus on the
positive side of sharing experiences and feeling good about doing so.
Wellocities is my home base for managing my health."

    About Wellocities

    Designed by patients and health professionals for patients and their
caregivers the site offers tools to monitor, share, and transform health
experiences. Wellocities empowers consumers to take action, offering
alternatives and informed choices about their health, and access to resources
with which to increase their chances of living a long and healthy life.
Wellocities is a new Canadian Web 2.0 health start-up incubated by XDL Capital
Group. For more information please visit

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Josef Zankowicz for Wellocities,
(647) 500-1563,; Media Kit:;
Business Contact: Jonah Sigel, XDL Capital Group, (416) 250-6500 x1306,

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