Diabetes Prevention Strategy
Diabetes is a rapidly growing disease in Canada and represents a major challenge to public health. Those living in poverty and with poor socioeconomic status are at an increased risk for development of type-2 diabetes and related complications. Toronto Public Health (TPH) has many programs and services in various settings aimed at addressing risk factors for chronic diseases including type-2 diabetes.
Toronto Public Health has been actively participating in Provincial discussions to address prevention of childhood obesity and Type-2 diabetes in relation to recent provincial funding announcements.
In 2007, the Board of Health recommended the Medical Officer of Health report on the diabetes status in Toronto, current TPH programs to address diabetes, and further opportunities for prevention initiatives. This staff report was presented to the Board of Health in 2008.