Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program
Sun Life’s Team Up Against Diabetes grant program awards organizations for supporting diabetes prevention, management and education efforts in their local communities.
Recipients are recognized for their innovative approaches to diabetes prevention and/or management, wellness, nutrition and obesity prevention. Applications are reviewed annually by a panel of Sun Life employees, business partners and independent health experts.
The following organizations have received a grant from the Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program.
|Boston Children’s Hospital, Optimal Wellness for Life (OWL) program, Boston, MA
Boston Children’s Hospital’s OWL program is focused on addressing pediatric obesity. The grant support will help expand OWL’s exercise component to the Torigian Family YMCA in Peabody, Mass. Boston Children’s hopes to engage about 200 children at this facility in a program that expands the scope of care and reinforces the importance of physical activity through fitness tracking and diverse programming.
|Mama’s Kitchen, Home-Delivered Meals Service program, San Diego, Calif.
Mama’s Kitchen provides home-delivered, medically tailored, nutritious meals free of charge to local men, women and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer and other critical illnesses, including congestive heart failure and Type 2 diabetes. With this grant support, the program expects to serve 200 more homes, helping to improve access to nutritious foods and diabetes self-management coaching, reduce disease complications and lower healthcare costs while improving overall health outcomes.
|NOVA ScriptsCentral, Inc, ALL PHASE, Falls Church, Va.
NOVA Scripts Central provides prescription drugs to uninsured and underinsured patients in the Northern Virginia community. Its ALL PHASE program pairs an evidence-backed medication regimen with a health literacy curriculum designed to reduce diabetic patients’ risk of heart attack or stroke. Sun Life’s grant will enable NOVA Scripts to continue to recruit patients to its ALL PHASE program and help support a nutrition pilot program for 250 patients.
|Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Farming For Life, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute’s Farming For Life was created to reduce the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in the local area and reverse the worsening health crisis with “prescriptions” for free, fresh organic vegetables, rather than expensive medications. A physician writes patients a weekly vegetable prescription based on their health measurements, and when participants fill their prescriptions, they receive enough vegetables to feed their family for the week. Sun Life’s grant will help the center expand this program and serve more people in need in the Santa Barbara community.
|Western Maryland Health System, Food Security Program, Cumberland, Md.
Poor access to healthy, nutritious foods puts adults at a 50% higher risk for developing diabetes. Western Maryland Health System’s food security program aims to prevent this risk by assessing and streamlining a sustainable approach to combating the problem. With this grant funding, the program will be able to screen 2,400 at-risk individuals to assess their need for cooking equipment, vouchers for healthy foods from local pantries, healthy living workshops, and access to dieticians and wellness programs. Additionally, the food security program will focus on monthly community outreach events that include risk assessments, cooking demonstrations and physical activities. In the long term, the program will develop a process to identify health gaps, recruit community partners, and integrate into county health and human service networks.
WMHS has been at the forefront of value-based care and is continually working to improve the overall health of the community with a variety of health initiatives. WMHS has also addressed underserved populations with the Hometown Healthy outreach program, which aims to help at-risk populations make more informed healthcare decisions.
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