ADAPT exists to help people overcome barriers and promote diabetes prevention through education, food security, and healthy lifestyle changes.
Diabetes is an epidemic in the Aboriginal community, existing at 3-5 times the national rate. There is also a higher rate of diabetes complications amongst Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal people.
Among the Aboriginal residents of East Vancouver, there is a lack of awareness of diabetes, its risk factors, signs, and symptoms. This lack of awareness is true for individuals at risk for diabetes and amongst those living with the disease. Aboriginal residents of East Vancouver are at especially high risk for developing diabetes and many barriers, such as poverty and low literacy levels, prevent individuals from reducing their risks.
Diabetes is a costly disease, but diabetes can be prevented!
Sandra Bodenhamer RD,CDE
449 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5
Telephone: (604) 254-9949
Fax: (604) 254-9948