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Request for Proposals for NADA website

Posted: January 28th, 2016

The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA) is looking for proposals from qualified contractors to re-develop the existing NADA website. Please download the complete Request-for-Proposal-NADA-website.pdf (49 downloads) . All qualified contractors from Canada are welcome to submit their proposals. If you need clarification, please email the Project Manager – Alisher Kabildjanov at

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 (184 downloads) .

BLHFC 2016 Poster

Health System Navigator Job Opening

Posted: January 5th, 2016

Black Creek Community Health Centre (BCCHC) is a community-based primary health care organization that is committed to addressing the social determinants of health in a client-centered, equity driven manner. The Health System Navigator will provide support and advocacy for the First Nation, Inuit & Metis (FNIM) and Non-Status population in the Black Creek Community. The Health System Navigator will facilitate linkages to services that may include (but are not limited to) mental health and addictions, chronic disease management, primary care provider and acute care when needed. They will be responsible to develop patient-centered case management pathways that are culturally and spiritually relevant for this client population. The overall goal of this position is to assist clients to move easily through the healthcare system in a culturally safe and relevant manner. He or she will also be responsible for networking with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal partners to advocate for the clients served.

For more information, download Aboriginal-Navigator-Job-Description.pdf (88 downloads)

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 (75 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 (147 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 (111 downloads) and Information Letter (94 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.

NWC logo

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 (210 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.