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Diabetes Prevention Toolkit

There are approximately 1.2 million Ontarians diagnosed with diabetes, and this number is expected to increase to more than 1.9 million by 2020. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes representing an estimated 90% of total cases.

The goal of the Diabetes Strategy, announced by the Ontario Government in July 2008, is to improve health and health care for Ontarians living with and at high risk of developing diabetes. Key prevention elements of the strategy are to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes prevention and implement primary prevention programs to reduce the modifiable risk factors with a particular focus on priority populations. The onset of type 2 diabetes can largely be prevented or delayed through the modification of common risk factors and conditions (i.e., physical inactivity, poor nutrition, obesity).

The goal of this toolkit is to increase awareness of type 2 diabetes risk factors through training of lay health educators.
The Toolkit includes:
1)    PowerPoint presentation with speakers’ notes
2)    Facilitators’ Guide, including:
                Notes to accompany the PowerPoint slides
                Information about diabetes, the high risk groups, risk factors, prevention and management strategies
                Suggested discussion questions and prompts
                Suggested exercises and activities
                Additional resources.
3)    Participant Guide: Type 2 Diabetes: What you can do to prevent diagnosis
4)    An evaluation of the toolkit as a resource
As part of the development process, all materials were reviewed by a dietitian and a family physician at the Sunnybrook Diabetes Education Centre, and by Peel and Toronto Public Health Units. Feedback and suggestions were incorporated into the final product.