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Call for Recipe Submissions

Posted: March 18th, 2016

The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association is asking for recipe submissions for our inaugural Indigenous Healthy Eating Recipe Book for the Prevention and Maintenance of Diabetes. The book will be free-of-charge to readers, and therefore, the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association is not in a position to remunerate for recipe submissions. Recipes will be credited to the contributor and contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

The book will showcase Indigenous cuisines of Turtle Island that promote the traditions of the Peoples they represent; recipes that feature and show respect for ingredients from Mother Earth and her creatures, acknowledging the power that food has in our lives. This recipe book will respond to the nutritional needs of Indigenous Peoples with pre-diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

To this end, the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association is asking for healthy recipes that encourage weight loss through healthy eating or provide options for a healthy diet that can assist those with diabetes in maintaining their health through more nutritious foods. Recipes will help people with diabetes eat healthy and manage their blood glucose.

The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association encourages the concept of a diabetes diet, which means eating a range of nutritious foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes – a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat and added sugar, and moderate in calories. Healthy eating is crucial to the prevention and control of diabetes.

We’re looking for recipes that increase the benefits of eating healthier – weight loss, improved mood, higher levels of energy, and an improved sense of well-being. Recipes that include healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes & pulses (beans, peas and lentils), and low-fat dairy products, as well as recipes with dietary fibre-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), whole-wheat flour and wheat bran. For people with Type 2 diabetes, large amounts of fibre can contribute to glycemic control and reduce hyperinsulinemia.

We’d also like to see recipes that include heart-healthy fish like cod, tuna, halibut, salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and bluefish, and recipes containing moderate amounts of “healthy”, unsaturated fats such as avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, and canola, olive and peanut oils, which will help lower cholesterol levels, as well as omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseeds.

If you would like to know more, please contact National Aboriginal Diabetes Association Executive Director Jeff LaPlante or Project Manager Alisher Kabildjanov

We kindly ask that recipes be submitted by May 2, 2016.

National Aboriginal Diabetes Association Seeks Partners for Lawson Foundation Funding

Posted: March 10th, 2016


The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association is excited to share the news that the Lawson Foundation has announced a funding opportunity to strengthen the delivery of diabetes prevention, treatment and management programs, and services designed to improve health outcomes for children and youth.

The Foundation has plans to award approximately $2,000,000 for 10 to 12 projects through this opportunity, and is inviting Letters of Intent from registered charities across Canada for innovative, community-based projects that seek to:
1. improve health outcomes for children and youth with type 1 or type 2 diabetes or who are at risk of developing diabetes and diabetes-related complications through prevention, treatment and improved/sustained self-management.
2. optimize the health of women with gestational diabetes or pre-existing gestational diabetes in order to help ensure the health of their offspring and families.
3. ensure equitable access to high-quality diabetes prevention, treatment and support programs and services for all children, youth and their families.
The Diabetes Funding Opportunity recognizes that there are populations in Canada with a higher burden of diabetes, including Indigenous communities, new Canadians, some ethno-cultural groups, inner-city and institutionalized populations and those dealing with mental illness. The challenges facing these and other high-risk populations will be important considerations when selecting projects for funding.
The Foundation’s Diabetes Funding Opportunity is open for application. Please check the Foundation’s website for funding criteria, timeline and the link to the online application. The submission deadline is April 18, 2016, 12 Noon EDT. To learn more about the Lawson Foundation, please read our Strategic Direction.
The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association is interested in partnering with communities, organizations and/or researchers in applying to this LOI opportunity. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

NADA & iMD Partnership

Posted: March 4th, 2016

NADA and iMD Health have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver the state-of-the-art software technology for First Nation, Métis and Inuit health care professionals. The new technology will allow health care professionals to educate, explain and follow up with people who have diabetes at the point of contact.

For more information on how to sign up, please download this poster.pdf (439 downloads) or contact the NADA Project Manager at

To get your free account and start using the platform please go to and sign up.

The Step-Up Webinar Series continue

Posted: February 23rd, 2016

The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association and Urban Poling have received positive feedback from our last webinar. So we are set to provide the second part of the Step-Up webinar series. The second part of the series is focused on cardiac health with a guest speaker John Sawdon from the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada. For more details, please download and share the poster: Webinar-Series-Part-Two-Active-Living-For-Cardiac-Health.pdf (416 downloads)

New Logo Design Call for Submissions

Posted: February 18th, 2016

The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association is looking for a new logo. We would like the new logo to reflect our inclusive mandate of representing Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) across Canada. Please review the call for submissions in greater detail here: Logo-Design-Call-for-Submissions.pdf (429 downloads) .

NADA & Urban Poling Webinar Series for Tribal Councils

Posted: January 13th, 2016

Register now for our upcoming Step “UP” Webinars so you can learn about the ways that our organization and Urban Poling are partnering to activate communities across Canada and manage as well as prevent Type 2 Diabetes! The benefits of these programs extend well beyond Diabetes and include mental health programs, youth, elders as well as pre & post-natal. Find out about our wholesale pricing and how you can bring these programs to your community!

For more information please download Step Up Webinar Poster (562 downloads) .

BLHFC 2016 Poster

APACC’s Annual Biggest Loser Health and Fitness Challenge 2016

Posted: January 4th, 2016

This challenge is great for igniting exercise and healthy lifestyle goals. This will be fun for all involved and an opportunity to focus on physical fitness, healthy lifestyles and the promotion of wellness. Registered participants in the Challenge will be competing independently and this is open to all people across the nation.
Cash prizes for the Biggest Loser and runners up.

The more people involved the larger the cash prize so invite your friends!
Attached is the information and registration package and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

We hope you join us!

For more information, please download Biggest Loser Information & Registration (436 downloads)

BLHFC 2016 Poster

SOADI to Host Psychology of Obesity Webinar

Posted: November 6th, 2015

The Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Association (SOADI) is hosting a webinar on psychology of obesity in partnership with Dr.Michael Friedman PhD. The webinar will help you learn about the behaviors that lead to obesity and what we can do as individuals and communities to help understand “The Psychology of Obesity”.

To sign up, please visit: webinar link.

For more information, please download and share this poster: Psychology of Obesity Webinar (173 downloads) .

St. Michael’s Hospital Study – Reaching out to Canadians living with Diabetes

Posted: November 4th, 2015

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) and researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital are looking for people who have diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, gestational, pre-diabetes) or care for someone with diabetes.

Your participation will help the CDA and researchers learn about your experience with diabetes.

To complete the survey, please visit:

Participants who complete the short online survey will be entered in a $100-draw with 1 in 30 odds of winning.

For more information, please click on Survey Poster (140 downloads) and Information Letter (119 downloads) .

World Diabetes Day 2015

Posted: October 23rd, 2015

NADA in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre (AHWC), Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba branch (KFOC MB) and other stakeholders (Stakeholder Register included at later date) are organizing a special event to mark World Diabetes Day and raise awareness of diabetes and its complications. This will be an event for people to come together, celebrate, connect, learn and share information on Friday, November 13, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Aboriginal Centre (181 Higgins Avenue) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is held annually on November 14. The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA) is mandated to raise awareness of the event and generally around diabetes in Aboriginal populations. There is a need across Aboriginal communities to be aware of this special occasion and come together on this special day to learn, connect and share the good news that diabetes can be prevented through healthy living and a wholistic approach to living a healthier life.

The goals of the Event are to have:
• 20 people participate and get tested for diabetes and its complications
• 80-100+ people participate in the WDD event and receive information about WDD and diabetes
• 7 or more organizations are invited and provide information to 80-100+ people on diabetes and many other health promotion themes such as healthy eating, kidney disease, eye disease, physical activity, etc.

The Event will provide:
• A running health clinic to test people for diabetes complications
• A healthy eating booth and a dietitian to provide relevant information
• Pictures taken and used later for promotion
• Cultural activities
• Human circle toward the closing of the event
• 10 or more prizes for completed surveys
• Information on healthy living policies at workplace
• At least 7 booths/organizations represented at the event
• Refreshments and catering

NADA would like to partner with you and our existing partners for the event, either to help plan, provide an information booth, provide financial or in-kind resources, or provide prizes for survey participants. Please contact NADA Project Manager Alisher Kabildjanov at for further info or to take part.

A Save-the-Date and Poster will be distributed once stakeholders/partners are confirmed.

WDD Poster

We would like to acknowledge the North West Company for sponsoring the Healthy Snack break.

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