Solar Life donates $600,000 to assist folks with diabetes dwell more healthy lives


The donation supports the expansion of Toronto Rehab’s virtual diabetes resource hub

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TORONTO, April 5, 2021 / CNW / – More than 463 million people worldwide live with diabetes, one of the fastest growing health challenges of our time. To help the people living with the disease, Sun Life donates $ 600,000 to Toronto Rehab-UHN. Funding will support the development of educational materials for a new virtual diabetes program. The program provides information, tools, and tips on preventing type 2 diabetes and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Sun Life’s initial commitment to $ 1 million in 2016 supported the launch of Sun Life Diabetes College; An online interactive resource hub that helps people with diabetes manage their health through exercise, education, and a healthy lifestyle. The pandemic has forced more people online and increased the need for virtual programs with health-related information. Sun Life is committed to investing in programs that promote diabetes awareness and healthy behavior change.

“We believe empowering individuals to take responsibility for their health can have real implications. With the growing number of Canadians affected by diabetes each year, investing in programs that focus on education and healthy habits can make a difference. cause positive and lasting change, “he said Linda Dougherty, Executive vice president, corporate strategy and global marketing, Sun Life. “As a large global organization, we pride ourselves on promoting diabetes awareness, prevention, and care around the world. We are excited to renew our commitment to Toronto Rehab. The important work they are doing is To help people with diabetes live healthier lives. “

Since launching in 2016, nearly 16,000 Canadians have accessed the tools, tips, and information on the Resource Hub. Topics include prevention, treatment, and management of diabetes, as well as the importance of exercise and a healthy diet. For people with diabetes, Sun Life Diabetes College has helped increase:

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  • Knowledge of diabetes (22%)

  • Physical activity (21%) and motivation to move (14%)

  • Commitment to a healthy diet (25%)

The new 16-week exercise and education-based virtual program helps participants around the world Ontario Manage diabetes and meet health and lifestyle goals. A team of health professionals, including kinesiologists, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, and doctors, will train participants on how to manage their diabetes, get active, eat healthily, and take control of their wellbeing.

“We are grateful that we can continue our collaboration with Sun Life,” said Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director of the UHN Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program. “Together, we are improving and expanding Sun Life Diabetes College in response to our growing global need for effective, virtual diabetes education and care.”

Since 2012, Sun Life has been more than committed $ 37 million worldwide towards diabetes awareness, prevention and care. Some examples of our support in Canada lock in:

  • Canada Children’s Hospital Foundations – Invested $ 2 million Established the Sun Life program for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. An initiative to help children and adolescents make healthy living and lifestyle choices.

  • Right to Play – Donated $ 1.5 million Supporting indigenous youth through the Aboriginal Life Skills Development Program (PLAY).

  • Montreal Heart Institute – committed $ 450,000 Fund a diabetes prevention clinic to identify diabetes through early detection and promote healthy lifestyle strategies.

For more information on the impact Sun Life is having around the world, see the 2020 Sustainability Report.

Celebrate 100 years of insulin
Sun Life has a long history that supports health and wellbeing in Canada. As an early sponsor of the Banting Research Foundation, Sun Life donated $ 25,000 in 1925 for medical research. The foundation was named after Frederick G. Banting, one of two Canadians who discovered insulin. Today we’re proud to sponsor 100 years of insulin: we’re celebrating its impact on our lives. This free, virtual event on April 14, 2021, hosted by Banting & Best Diabetes Center, Diabetes Action Canada and the University of Toronto The Department of Medicine will post research updates, stories about living with diabetes, and the latest advances related to insulin. Find out more here.

Sun life in the community
At Sun Life we ​​are committed to building sustainable, healthier communities. Community wellness is an important part of our commitment to sustainability and we believe that by actively supporting the communities where we live and work, we can help create a positive environment for our customers, employees, advisors and shareholders. Our philanthropic support is focused on health, with an emphasis on initiatives to raise awareness, prevent and manage diabetes. and mental health, supporting programs and organizations focused on building resilience and coping skills.

We also work with sports properties in key markets to promote our commitment to healthy and active living. Our employees and consultants pride themselves on volunteering nearly 12,000 hours per year, helping improve the lives of individuals and families Canada.

Learn more about Sun Life in the community.

Note to editors: All numbers are in Canadian dollars

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.



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