diabetescollege.ca launched on World Diabetes Day

The World Health Organization calls diabetes the epidemic of the 21st century, and here in Canada, one in three people are directly impacted by the disease. Part of Toronto Rehab’s Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Program, the Diabetes, Exercise & Healthy Lifestyle Program helps people live and thrive with diabetes.

Monday was World Diabetes Day and we were excited to mark the occasion by announcing the launch of the Sun Life Financial Diabetes College (SLFDC). Thanks to an incredible $1 million commitment from Sun Life Financial, Toronto Rehab has developed this online, interactive resource for people who have been identified as having diabetes or prediabetes. 

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“We firmly believe that individuals with chronic illness such as diabetes have the power to take charge of their own health through certain lifestyle changes,” said Dean Connor, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial and Chair of Toronto Rehab Foundation’s Where Incredible Happens $100-Million Campaign. “The SLFDC is a testament to the hard work being done to enhance new programs, new spaces and new research agendas that will stand at the forefront of medical advancements.”

Featuring a curriculum of five interactive modules, content includes such topics as how to prevent, manage and treat diabetes, healthy eating and active lifestyle tips, and information on diabetes complications and medications.

“The SLFDC is an open, accessible resource for anybody who wants to take control of their diabetes,” said Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. “Through the SLFDC, we’re increasing access to physician-verified information and healthy behaviour programs to individuals regardless of barriers such as geography, financial constraints and language.”

One of Toronto’s hockey legends and long-time Toronto Maple Leaf, Darryl Sittler, spoke at the launch of SLFDC. Daryl Sittler is Sun Life Financial’s spokesperson for its Team Up Against Diabetes Campaign and he shared how his family has been touched and affected by diabetes – his grandmother, his father, his brothers.

The new website at diabetescollege.ca offers individuals like Darryl the opportunity to learn more about risk factors, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle changes that can help to mitigate your chances of developing diabetes.

“I hope to live to see a time where diabetes is no longer an epidemic; where the number of people being diagnosed is decreasing, instead of increasing, and I think that initiatives like this one are steps in the right direction,” said Darryl.

Toronto Rehab is the number one rehabilitation research centre in the world and truly Where Incredible Happens. To ensure that the best proven rehabilitation care, research and technology are available to our patients and the community now and in the future, Toronto Rehab has launched a historic $100-million fundraising campaign. Learn more

In photo (left-right): Brandon Crombeen, former NHL player living with diabetes; Bob Blakely, Chair, Toronto Rehab Foundation; Lisa Ritchie, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial; Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehab; Darryl Sittler, former Toronto Maple Leaf Captain; Dr. Peter Pisters, President & CEO, University Health Network; and Cindy Yelle, President & CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation.