Sun Life Financial and Canada’s children’s hospitals form unprecedented partnership to fight type 2

“Awareness and education are the greatest tools we have to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes,” said Lisa Ritchie, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. “We are honoured to be able to team up with Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations and their network of esteemed pediatric experts to make a positive impact in our communities and continue our fight against the disease.”

Since announcing a global commitment to diabetes in 2012, Sun Life Financial’s Team Up Against Diabetes TM platform has focused support on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research. The partnership with CCHF is a new initiative that will allow Sun Life Financial and the hospital network to work together to positively influence children and youth to live healthier lives with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes.

Through the Sun Life Financial Child and Youth Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Initiative, diabetes experts at children’s hospitals across Canada will create educational resources to promote the prevention of type 2 diabetes. These include:

  • A toolkit for healthcare professionals to help address obesity and its related risks in a sensitive and effective manner (handouts and videos).
  • A Resource Hub for families and healthcare professionals, serving as a reliable source of consistent and approved healthy living information.
  • A Recipe Blog targeted at teens featuring healthy recipes.
  • Food Skills and Facilitator’s Guide focused on teaching nutrition literacy to teens.

All 13 of CCHF’s member hospitals will have access to these resources to share with and educate the communities they serve, raising awareness of the importance of type 2 diabetes prevention in children.

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