New diabetes program for youth launched at Banting Homestead
The Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF) today launched
their fourth major program initiative to help Fight Diabetes.
In keeping with the Foundation's emphasis on youth, SFBLF conducted the
first of their School Tours program at the Diabetes Management and
Education Centre (DMEC) complex at the Banting Homestead Heritage Park,
birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting co-discoverer of insulin and
Canada's first Nobel Laureate.
The three hour tour, attended by a Grade 10 Science class from Banting
Memorial High School in Alliston included a "Lets Talk Science"
tutorial on diabetes prevention and the challenges of the discovery and
initial mass production of insulin, a team-based scavenger hunt for
answers to related questions among the exhibits in the complex and a
student feedback session on the value of the experience and how the
program could be improved.
The 18 students and their teacher made the 35-minute walk from the
school to the site and back to emphasize the importance of exercise as
part of reducing the risk of contracting diabetes. A second pilot tour
will be held in early January 2014 after which the program will be
offered on a scheduled basis to all interested school boards.
This launch follows a successful start of the Foundation's Diabetes
Classes program at the DMEC on November 27, 2013. The initial class,
attended by 24 registered clients emphasized "healthy festive season
eating." Classes are conducted by the Foundation's Outreach Team
partners from Stevenson Memorial Hospital (Alliston) and Southlake
Regional Health Centre (Newmarket) and are currently scheduled through
to June 2014.
These new programs compliment the Foundation's existing programs that
place a focus on the transition issues faced by youth with diabetes as
they move from the pediatric to adult healthcare system.
The Banting Legacy Transition programs are a collaborative effort with
the FoundationŐs clinical innovation partners in the Department of
Pediatrics, McMaster University and include an annual Grand Rounds
Transition lecture, associated research symposium and the Banting
Legacy Transition Award for post-doctoral students. The purpose of
these programs is to build capacity in the system and, in collaboration
with the Outreach Team partners, to find new models of care to help
diabetic youth in transition.
The Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation is a registered Canadian
charitable organization with a two-fold mission to Fight Diabetes and
Preserve a Legacy. The Foundation is based in Alliston.