Sandy Lake Health and Diabetes Project

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Overview

A multi-facetted diabetes prevention program implemented over the past 20 years in a remote fly-in First Nations community in northern Ontario. The intervention involves: a school-based diabetes curriculum for children in grades 3 and 4; a diabetes radio show; and community activities aimed at increasing awareness and prevention of diabetes. The program was developed and monitored through a collaborative partnership between the community and academic researchers. Pre-test/post-test evaluation findings report an increase in healthy eating intention, healthy dietary preference, knowledge of health and nutrition and curriculum material, self-efficacy to eat healthy food, increase in dietary fibre and a decrease in screen time. No difference was found in intake of dietary fats although participants had a better understanding of the consequences of high-fat diets.

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