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Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

The goal of the program is to improve the health status of First Nations individuals and their families. This is done through actions aimed at reducing prevalence (rate) and number of reported cases of diabetes and its risk factors.

The program objectives:

  • Increase awareness of diabetes, risk factors, and of the strategies to prevent diabetes and diabetes complications.
  • Increase practice of healthy eating and active living behaviours
  • Increase the early detection of diabetes
  • Improve the practice of diabetes self management

The program is based on the following principles and approaches:

  • Support the development of culturally appropriate approaches to preventing and managing diabetes
  • Build capacity
  • Support evidence-based practices
  • Identify collaborative activities, linkages and/or partnership with other community programs and organizations

Care and Treatment:

  • Foot care clinics are offered at the health centres.
  • Diabetic teaching and education provided by KDC Health nurse, registered dietician and VIHA diabetic educator at Elders luncheons, diabetic clinics, home visits and other opportunities as they arise.
  • Blood glucose, A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring as well as HgB.
  • Recipes provided, nutritional consulting and meal/snack preparation.
  • Self teaching of blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring for individual use.
  • Vision clinics with eye examinations and eyeglasses/contact lenses ordered through the clinic.
  • Retinal screening provided by Inter Tribal Health Authority.

Prevention and Promotion:

  • Community Kitchens in Health Centres
  • Nutritional services
  • Participating in community health fairs, information sessions and workshops
  • Providing education to school age children (nutritionist/nurse)
  • Promoting healthy eating (wellness luncheons)
  • Diabetic clinics (held at breakfast/lunches)
  • Providing workshops on heart health and diabetes

Lifestyle Support

  • Role modeling KDC health staff having evidence based understanding of diabetes and contributing factors to diagnosis.
  • Fitness classes and gym access that staff also participate in
  • Exercise/Fitness access to gym in all Health Centres
  • Exercise program with certified instructor

Quinsam KDC

Our goal is to promote and improve the health status of First Nations in our communities. We aim to increase awareness of diabetes, risk factors, and of strategies to prevent diabetes and diabetes complications. Increase the practice of eating healthy and active living behaviours. Improve the practice of diabetes self management.
 
Our promotion and prevention methods are:
  • On the last Thursday of every month we host a Healthy Elders lunch with discussion on various topics.
  • Wellness checks i.e. blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol monitoring and weigh ins are available on a daily basis and can be done by CHR and/or Community Health Nurse.
  • Access to infrared sauna and exercise room available during regular office hours Monday - Friday 9.00am to 3.30pm. Closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 Excluding statutory holidays and office closures.
  • We offer a monthly prize draw as an incentive for using the sauna and exercise room.
  • Foot care is done in office on an as needed basis to book an appointment call 250.286.8064.
  • Offer evening exercise classes during the fall winter months. Please see weekly newsletter for current activities as the groups changeover call 250.286.8064 for more information.

K'ómoks KDC

  • Elders Lunch
  • Exercise Program
  • Foot Care
  • Walking Group with Nordic Poles
  • Wellness Checks
  • Drop In Coffee/Tea

Cape Mudge KDC

 
The KDC community garden at the Cape Mudge Village site provides access to healthy foods including traditional and market produce for all community members.
 
The nutritional quality of the fruit and vegetables far exceeds that of supermarket produce offering organically grown varieties of food. Food from the garden is used as a basis for healthy diets, elders and youth alike share in the bounty from fresh radishes and wild strawberries to spinach and potatoes.
 
The community garden also promotes physical activity in a supportive environment. The garden offers a relaxed setting where people are welcome to share their daily struggles from grief and loss to celebration.
 
The garden provides and enhances the local community members in various aspects examples self confidence, healthy eating....
 
We also offer:
  • Wellness checks i.e. blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol monitoring and weigh ins are available on a daily basis and can be done by CHR and or CHHN
  • We have a monthly prize draw as an incentive for using the sauna and exercise room
  • Foot care is done in office on a as needed bass to book an appointment call 250.285.3996.
  • Offer evening exercise classes during the fall and winter months. Please see weekly newsletter for current activities as the groups change or call 250.285.3996 for more information.