October 27, 2016

Diabetes Caucus championing policies and new ideas to help people living with diabetes

Ottawa, ON Oct. 27, 2016 – The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), volunteers and members of the all-party Diabetes Caucus recently met to discuss diabetes issues, health priorities, and potential policies to help improve the lives of Canadians living with diabetes, prediabetes and those at risk.

Priorities introduced and discussed included healthy hydration and reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) as well as imposing a SSBs tax; inequities in access to the disability tax credit for people living with diabetes; the need for more diabetes research and diabetes prevention initiatives; marketing to children and nutrition labelling; and proper foot-care and amputation prevention strategies.

Diabetes Caucus co-chairs, Dean Allison (Conservative), Sonia Sidhu (Liberal), and Christine Moore (NDP), demonstrated their support to advance diabetes issues and advocate for the health needs of their constituents affected by diabetes.

“We are very pleased and appreciate the leadership and support from our Diabetes Caucus champions in helping to address the needs of Canadians living with diabetes,” says Russell Williams , Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, CDA.  “We look forward to finding ways we can support parliamentarians to raise awareness about diabetes issues.”

About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The CDA is the registered national charity that helps the 11 million Canadians with diabetes or prediabetes live healthy lives, and educates those at risk. In communities across Canada, the CDA:

  • offers educational programs and support services;
  • develops resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • advocates with those affected by diabetes to governments, schools and workplaces; and,
  • funds research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Paul Kilbertus
Senior Manager, Strategic Communications
Canadian Diabetes Association
Tel: 416-408-7083
Cell: 416-886-5187
paul.kilbertus@diabetes.ca