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Diabetes Prevention Program

Keyword: Health Promotion & Leadership

In collaboration with Toronto Public Health (TPH), NEW has launched the Diabetes Prevention Program to provide health education to adults who are at increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Since October, 31 peer leaders from diverse backgrounds - particularly newcomer women who come from populations that are at higher risk for diabetes - have completed Toronto Public Health training and provided culturally appropriate health education in their communities.

Through this opportunity, trained peer leaders educate their families, peers and concerned community members about risk factors for diabetes and tips to prevent it from occurring.

What Peer Leaders Do:

  • Conduct outreach to newcomer women and seniors in the community
  • Plan health education sessions based on TPH curriculum
  • Facilitate peer-led, accessible health education sessions
  • Develop and implement additional strategies for diabetes prevention outreach

For more information, please contact Aisha Wilks at 416-469-0196 aisha@newcomerwomen.org

Quick Facts DO YOU KNOW:

  • Type 2 diabetes has doubled in a decade in the city's northwest and east, with rates among the highest in Ontario.
  • In some neighbourhoods, 1 in 5 people has the disease.

Resource: Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2012



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