PAGC Marks Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 13:20



Today is National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day.


According to Health Canada, the prevalence of diabetes among Canada’s Aboriginal peoples is at least 3 times higher than the national average — with First Nations communities shouldering the greatest burden of this disease.


A certified educator on the disease with the Prince Albert Grand Council says she believes northern residents are becoming much more aware of the dangers of diabetes.


Jan Kroll says even though it is still spreading throughout communities in Saskatchewan, parents are becoming more aware of the need to live and promote healthier lifestyles.


Kroll adds local school systems also seem to be doing their part by cutting down on things like sugar-filled vending machines.


Kroll says several schools throughout Prince Albert and the North are holding events today to mark the fact it’s National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day.