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.
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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 American wide diabetes grant program. This initiative will provide programmatic 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.
TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes
Sun Life has committed to a 3-year, $375,000 sponsorship of this national initiative, which raises funds for the JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). In June 2016, more than 2,000 Sun Life participants across Canada came out for the event. Sun Life contributed an additional $155,000 by paying the entry fee/minimum donation for the Sun Life teams.
Sun Life teams up with the CFL
For the 3rd year, Sun Life Financial and the Canadian Football League (CFL) teamed up in 2015 to raise awareness for type 2 diabetes and have some fun in the process.
Using the hashtag #SunLifeKickDiabetes, players connected with their CFL fans. Each week, players faced off in a social media challenge competing for the highest number of retweets. The loser had to post a video showing CFL fans a different side of himself… all with the goal of getting as many people to take an online risk assessment as possible. As part of this initiative, Sun Life donated $65,000 to the JDRF.
Canadian Diabetes Association Take 2 Minutes campaign
In Canada, 29% of people are currently affected by diabetes and the rate continues to climb. To mark Diabetes Awareness Month, Sun Life teamed up with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) in support of the Make Time campaign. Throughout the month of November, we encouraged Canadians to take 2 minutes and complete the simple, online, CANRISK type 2 diabetes risk assessment at www.take2minutes.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 a number of years.
Play for Prevention program for Indigenous youth
Recognizing that diabetes is increasing in Canada’s Indigenous communities, Sun Life committed $125,000 to Right to Play – a global organization that uses the power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. The program helps Indigenous youth adopt a healthy lifestyle by encouraging physical activity and providing nutrition workshops and diabetes education.