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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 (61 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 (26 downloads) and Information Letter (17 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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Health & Wellness Company Raises Funds for NADA

Posted: October 21st, 2015

Brenda Wille – the owner of Arbonne Health and Wellness company – is asking for your support to help her raise funds for the National Aboriginal Diabetic Association. We all know someone with diabetes, or maybe you suffer yourself. In Brenda’s family alone, 3 out of 4 of her sisters live with type 2 diabetes and her father also suffered with diabetes, as well as numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Indigenous communities. It is so important to have programs put in place to be educated early on so that we can get a handle on this sometimes devastating disease.

For the rest of the month of October, Brenda is raising money and awareness to this health plight in our communities, by raising money for NADA. With any sales generated through her company, she will donate 100% of her commission made for October. Her goal is to raise $1000.

Brenda has specific suggestions to the type of products that would make a difference in a life of a person with diabetes, whether it be the Protein Shake, or FC5 Cooling Foot Cream. You will receive a 20% discount off the retail price. So not only will you be donating to a worthy cause, but you will receive a premium product as well.

For more information, please get in touch with Brenda Will at (204) 952-4861 or by email at

SOADI to Hire a Family Wellness Worker

Posted: October 6th, 2015

SOADI is looking to hire a Family Wellness Worker for the central region (includes Toronto, Oshawa, Orillia, Midland, Barrie, Parry Sound). Posting deadline is Oct 21st, 2015.

Download the complete Job Posting (168 downloads) .

Urban Poling Provides Diabetes Education

Posted: October 2nd, 2015

Regular physical activity helps to regulate blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity. The more muscles that are used during exercise, the greater will be the benefits. This makes urban poling one of the best forms of fitness, as it uses 90% of the muscles and has the potential to burn up to 46% more calories, while providing both cardiovascular and strength training. Research shows that an activity such as urban poling has the potential to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes and even prevent onset all together. Urban poling may also be a great option for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as it is a safe mode of exercise which may reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Dr. Agnes Coutinho PhD

walkUP with Diabetes Package for Community Leaders Package Includes:

• Urban Poling Certification Course (live or online, depending on location)
• walkUP for Diabetes Course (online)
• 1 set of Urban Poling Spirit poles, which include snow baskets
• Urban Poling carry bag
• Diabetes lifestyle book and diabetes recipe book (Karen Graham)
• Stepscount pedometer
• Urban Poling Fitness Journal
• Canadian Obesity Network Resource Tools
• Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Guidelines
• National Aboriginal Diabetes Association Promotional Material

Contact us to register for the community leader package and to purchase Urban/ACTIVATOR poles at wholesale pricing for group programming. Ask us about teaching this course at your centre (min. 10 participants, depending on location).

Cost: 299.00 (reg. 500.00). Contact Urban Poling to arrange for training.

For more information, please go to the Urban Poling website.

NADA Annual General Assembly

Posted: September 24th, 2015

NADA’s 15th Annual General Assembly on Wednesday, September 23, was a success with a great turn-out of the NADA members and stakeholders. Take a look at the two pictures below from the AGA.

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FTCS Final Report is now available

Posted: September 17th, 2015

NADA is pleased to announce that the final FTCS report is now available. You can view or download FTCS Final Report 2014-2015 (156 downloads) .

2015 Framework for Recreation in Canada

Posted: August 14th, 2015

The Framework presents 5 overarching goals that are consistent with the challenges and opportunities we understand in our work with Aboriginal communities: Fostering Active Living; Increasing Inclusion and Access; Connecting People and Nature; Creating Supportive Environments; and Growing Recreation Capacity.

The report does a good job of acknowledging the importance of achieving the goals for Aboriginal communities. It also highlights areas of possible engagement and collaboration with Aboriginal partners as this Framework moves into phases of endorsement, dissemination and implementation.

For more information, please go to this

Healthier Together Media Release

Posted: July 31st, 2015

Healthier Together: Mobile Screening and Education for Aboriginal Peoples in Manitoba is a new program that will work to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Manitoba by sending mobile screening clinics to all areas of the province.

To download the press release and call for applications, please click on the links below:

Healthier Together Media Release (95 downloads)
Call for Applications (60 downloads)