Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program

At Sun Life, we are committed to the prevention of diabetes and its related complications. 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.

The following organizations have received a grant from the Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program.

BGCC Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) received a grant in 2016 to strengthen and enhance nutrition education and after-school physical activity programs through its existing program, called “Triple Play: Mind, Body, & Soul.” Triple Play incorporates the national “Healthy Habits” curriculum, which equips youth with crucial skills needed to become healthy, successful adults by addressing the “mind” (knowledge and nutrition education), “body” (challenging, non-competitive physical fitness), and “soul” (development of social and ethical skills through sports and active hobbies). Overall, BGCC provides youth with the knowledge and skills needed to make smart choices that lead to healthier lifestyles and overall long-term well-being.
DHWI Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute (DHWI)
Based in Dallas, the DHWI received a grant in 2016 for their Healthy Weight Management Program, which delivers two curriculums- the Healthy Eating and Exercise Lifestyle Program (HELP), designed for adults that have been identified to be at risk for the development of diabetes, and the Group Lifestyle Balance Program (GLB), designed for any adult that seeks to make improvements in his or her weight and who may or may not have diabetes or other chronic conditions.

Overall, the DHWI has been able to support many program participants with maintaining a healthy lifestyle resulting in the prevention or control of diabetes. The DHWI is committed to continuing to meet educational and lifestyle modification needs in the southern Dallas community.
YMCA YMCA of Greater Hartford
In 2016, the YMCA of Greater Hartford received a grant to implement the national YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.

The YMCA of Greater Hartford anticipates 70 program participants by the end of year 1 (2017) and over 1,800 total participants by the end of year 5 (2021). Since the YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford has six full-facility branches and four program branches, it will be able to scale the program across all sites over time.
D4D Dogs4Diabetics
Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Dogs4Diabetics (D4D) received a grant in 2016 for the support of a dog sponsorship. This included extensive training for both the dog and the Client.

D4D dogs are specially trained to identify and alert their diabetic handler when they smell the subtle scent that hypoglycemia creates (humans cannot detect this scent). Dogs can detect this chemical change in the body even before it is registered by existing technology. This allows Clients to treat the condition before they become symptomatic. As a result, the diabetic individual can remain alert and active and avoid the debilitating impact of a hypoglycemic episode. This also means that Clients avoid the long-term risks associated with diabetes, such as blindness and amputation.
Legacy Health Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute
Based in Portland, OR, the Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute received a grant in 2016 to support the launch of four new 12-month Prevent T2 groups – three in-person (on-site) groups and one virtual group. Prevent T2 groups meet weekly for two months, biweekly for the next four months, and monthly for the final six months (12 months total). Prevent T2 is based on the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which addresses diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes with the goal of increasing physical activity and reducing body weight. This project is designed to benefit people with a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) or a current diagnosis of pre-diabetes. The goals of the project are to prevent or, at the minimum, delay the onset of diabetes, which will reduce medical costs and improve the health-related quality of life for participants and their families.

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