Preventing diabetes and its related complications
At Sun Life, we are committed to the prevention of diabetes and its related complications. Since we announced our focused support in the area of diabetes awareness, prevention, education, and care, we have committed over $17 million toward the cause globally.
Team Up Against Diabetes grant program
Sun Life’s Team Up Against Diabetes grant program aims to provide programmatic support to 501(c)(3) charities that focus on the following areas:
- diabetes prevention, awareness, education, and care
- diabetes management
- recovery and support from diabetes-related complications
- obesity prevention
- nutritional programs – education, management, and awareness
Our commitment to the fight against diabetes supports our goal of creating a healthier workforce and empowering people in our surrounding communities to protect what they love most in their lives by mitigating the risk factors and effects of this disease.
Learn more about our partnerships:
Boston Celtics Fit to Win and #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes
During the past three years, Sun Life U.S. has teamed up with the Boston Celtics to fight diabetes through an incentive-based community program – Fit to Win – and a social fundraising and digital marketing campaign in the month of November – #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes.
The Fit to Win program promotes the physical fitness and wellness of young people in Greater New England over a four-week period. Youth participants in third through sixth grades at the YMCA are incentivized to exercise daily and make healthy lifestyle choices for Celtics prizes and events.
In support of the YMCA of Greater Boston's Diabetes Prevention Program, Sun Life Financial donated $1,000 for every dunk made by a Celtics player during Diabetes Awareness Month. So far, the #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes campaign has raised $185,000 for the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
Kansas City Royals Strikeout Diabetes and P.L.A.Y Clinic
Did you know that every 23 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes? To raise awareness, Sun Life will be sponsoring Strikeout Diabetes, a fundraising campaign to benefit a local nonprofit organization. The 2017 beneficiary will be JDRF Kansas City – a leading organization focused on type 1 diabetes. We will be funding their Bag of Hope program, which generously provides a backpack full of resources and educational material for newly diagnosed children. For each strikeout by a Kansas City pitcher during the regular season, Sun Life will be donating $23.
Sun Life will also become the exclusive sponsor of the Royals’ P.L.A.Y Clinic - Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. This event will be held at Kauffman Stadium with Royals players and members of their sports medicine staff. These individuals will lead approximately local youth in exercise and health lessons. The youth will track their progress over two weeks with the incentive to win the chance to go to a Royals game. At the game, the youth participants who achieved their exercise and healthy goals will be recognized.
American Diabetes Association - Wellness Lives Here
Demonstrating a continued commitment toward preventing diabetes, with a unique focus of creating a healthy workplace, Sun Life is proud to partner with the American Diabetes Association.
Specifically, we are proud to support the Association’s Health Champion Designation program, which recognizes companies that have implemented an organizational culture of wellness, encompassing healthy eating and physical activity. Sun Life is proud to be a Health Champion ourselves and promote this program to our employees, our Clients, and the communities that we live, work, and do business in.
Learn more about the Health Champion Designation program in this flyer.
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
Since 2013, Sun Life U.S. has been a national supporter of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), contributing to many great outcomes, including the launch of the program in both Boston, MA, and Kansas City, MO. This national program helps people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by providing the tools, resources, and information they need to help them change their lifestyles. Currently, the program is available at 1,600 sites in 47 states throughout the U.S. and has served over 49,000 people. After completing the program, 92 percent of participants report that the program helped them improve their overall health.
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