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  • February 09, 2011

New Funding for Diabetes Prevention

McGuinty Government Improving Public Health in Ontario

Markham Family Health Team will be receiving $199,500 in funding over the next three years to implement the Primary Care Diabetes Program; a program released by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care aimed at preventing the spread of diabetes in Ontario. This funding will be used to hire and train staff, and to purchase materials and equipment to supply the program.

The Primary Care Diabetes Program will be available to Family Health Team patients 18 years of age and older who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and will feature group-based healthy lifestyle education and physical activity sessions, delivered by trained Lifestyle Coaches, for up to 48 weeks.

Lifestyle Coaches may include Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, and exercise physiologists with experience implementing diabetes prevention programs or similar lifestyle interventions.

The program, which is being implemented in cities across Ontario, has been designed to prevent and delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes among Ontarians.

Improving diabetes prevention and management is a key priority for the Ontario Government. The number of Ontarians with diabetes has increased an estimated 69 per cent over the past 10 years. Today there are approximately one million Ontarians with diabetes. The Primary Care Diabetes Program is a key step forward in the fight against diabetes in Ontario.


"Lifestyle choices play a vital role in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and the Primary Care Diabetes Program will go a long way towards improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable citizens in Markham."

– Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

“The Markham Family Health team is proud to be launching the Primary Care Diabetes Program. This program will help provide support and guidance to individuals dealing with diabetes prevention.”

- Lynne Davies, Executive Director, Markham Family Health Team


- Ontario announced the Ontario Diabetes Strategy in July 2008 with an investment of $741 million over four years to prevent, manage and treat diabetes.

- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, end-stage kidney disease and amputation in Canadian adults and is a significant cause of cardiovascular complications, hypertension, stroke, cataracts and glaucoma

- It is estimated that diabetes represents close to $5 billion in direct and indirect costs to the health system. Without concerted intervention, by 2020 the number of diagnoses is expected to increase by 734,000 to reach 1.9 million with $7 billion in estimated costs, representing a 42 per cent increase.


Learn more about diabetes and the Ontario Diabetes Strategy.


Lesley Sherban



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