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A new program targeting the prevention of diabetes among inner city youth has been launched jointly by the University of Winnipeg and Sun Life Financial.

Sun Life donated $100,000 to the program, which will run over eight weeks beginning this fall.

A media release stated the UWinnipeg Sun Life Diabetes Awareness and Education Program will bring 80 youth to the U of W to learn about diabetes, healthy eating and active living with the focus on preventing diabetes.

It will run twice a week and four times a year "to encourage at-risk youth to make healthier choices and curb the growing incidence of Type 2 diabetes," the release said.

The program will focus on youth 10 to 15 years of age who are of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian and African descent and are at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The release stated the incidence of Type 2 diabetes diagnoses in children as young as eight years old appears to be increasing rapidly among Canadian First Nations.

"With the number of diabetes cases among inner city youth significantly increasing, we believe UWinnipeg is in a unique position to provide effective awareness," Dr. Glen Bergeron, the associate dean of the U of W’s Faculty of Kinesiology, said. "Through prevention programs, education, and relevant research, the expectation of reducing the incidence of diabetes among youth in our communities is attainable."

 

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Updated on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM CDT: corrects typo in headline

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