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Shelly Francis, RN
Diabetes Community Consultant
Health, Wellness and Fitness
Type 2 diabetes is a health concern among Canada's First Nations and Inuit. First Nations on reserve have a rate of diabetes three to five times higher than that of other Canadians. Rates of diabetes among the Inuit are expected to rise significantly in the future given that risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating patterns are high. The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) Program at the Union of New Brunswick Indians was established in 2000 as the national program was introduced to address the alarming rates of Type 2 Diabetes among First Nations communities.
Reduce Type 2 Diabetes among Aboriginal people by supporting:
primary prevention activities
services delivered by trained community diabetes workers & health service providers
To deliver a range of primary prevention, screening and treatment programs in partnership with First Nation Communities, Tribal Councils, First Nations organizations, Inuit community groups and Provincial and Territorial governments.
care management initiatives
These programs are community-based and culturally appropriate. Through these activities, the ADI supports prevention, health promotion, screening and care management initiatives that are community-based and culturally appropriate
ENHANCED INITIATIVES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, PARENTS AND FAMILIES:
Diabetes in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy;
Community-led food security planning to improve access to healthy foods, including traditional and market foods;
Enhanced training and support for health professionals on clinical practice guidelines and chronic disease management strategies.
2015 Champions of ADI Walking Challenge
Grade 5 Students at Chief Harold Sappier Memorial Elementary School
St. Mary's First Nation
|Union of NB Indians||Shelly Francis||506-458-9444|
|Union of NS Indians||Ann Gottschall||902-863-8455|
|MAWIW Inc.||Laurie Ann Nicholas||506-461-2965|
|Confederacy of Mainland Mikmaq||Kayla Thomas||902-890-0601|