Update on the Program Delivery of Food Skills for Families
For the past 10 years in British Columbia, Diabetes Canada has been the proud partner of the BC Ministry of Health and, more recently, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), to deliver Food Skills for Families throughout the province. Since the program’s inception, Diabetes Canada has trained more than 670 community facilitators in countless communities across B.C. and reached 13,725 individuals. We have been incredibly grateful for this opportunity to teach British Columbians about healthy eating and cooking skills.
More recently, Diabetes Canada has been re-examining how best to evolve to better serve the 11-million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. We need to raise our sights and direct our efforts to activities that can create change at a broader level. As a result, we are adopting a strategy focused on public policy; advocacy to all levels of government; an improved digital/online strategy; Clinical Practice Guideline development and dissemination to health care providers and people living with diabetes; and research.
As a result, Diabetes Canada will be stepping away from direct delivery of the Food Skills for Families program. However, it was important to us to see this program carry on and shared with British Columbians.
Diabetes Canada is pleased to say that we have found a new partner to continue the delivery of the Food Skills for Families program. Effective April 1, 2019, Food Skills for Families will be delivered by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), a part of PHSA.
The BCCDC is a leader in public health and advises health authorities and all levels of government on practices and policies that promote the health of British Columbians and prevent disease. As the Food Skills for Families program grows and evolves, the BCCDC is well positioned to ensure that it is based on the best evidence to promote health and reduce chronic disease.
The BCCDC is looking forward to delivering this program and working with the program hosts and community facilitators to bring healthy eating information and skills to British Columbians.
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