It has been called the epidemic of the 21st century. Diabetes now affects 422 million people – that’s 1 person in 11. And numbers are expected to double in the next 20 years. Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to even worse health problems.
But the good news is that the most common form of diabetes – type 2 – can be managed or even prevented.
At Sun Life, we care deeply about the impact of diabetes on our Clients, Employees and communities.
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Read about diabetes events and sponsorships in your region:
Since 2012, Sun Life has pledged over $17 million to diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research across the globe. Learn more about the diabetes events and sponsorships in your region.
Sun Life Financial Team Up Against Diabetes Regional grant program
Sun Life has launched a North America-wide diabetes grant program. This initiative provides program support to registered charities in the U.S. and Canada focused on diabetes awareness, prevention, education and care.
Sun Life’s commitment to the fight against diabetes supports our goal of creating a healthier workforce and empowering our Clients, Employees, and Communities to protect what they love most in their lives by mitigating the risk factors and effects of this disease.
Sun Life Financial is a National Sponsor of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes and the Presenting Sponsor of the JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes. Held in over 70 communities across Canada, these annual events raise much-needed funds for JDRF to help find a cure and to increase education and awareness of type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Canada Prevention campaign
Diabetes or prediabetes affects 1 in 3 Canadians. To mark Diabetes Awareness Month, Sun Life teamed up with Diabetes Canada to support the Diabetes Awareness campaign. Throughout November, we encourage Canadians to take 2 minutes and complete the simple, online, CANRISK type 2 diabetes risk assessment at www.SunLifeAgainstDiabetes.ca.
CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation CIRCUIT programfor Quebec youth at risk
Nearly one-third of Quebec children are either overweight or obese – 3 times more than only 30 years ago. Since 2013, Sun Life has donated $750,000 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s CIRCUIT program, which promotes healthy lifestyles for young people at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.
This donation is expected to assist more than 200,000 families in Quebec over several years.
Play for Prevention program for Indigenous youth
Sun Life Financial has teamed up with RIGHT TO PLAY to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth living in adversity to build essential life-skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change through its PLAY (Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth) Play For Prevention program (PFP). PFP is a component of the PLAY program and aims to address the gaps in type 2 diabetes prevention among indigenous youth by focusing on education, awareness and the promotion of healthy and active living.