Diabetes

The data from the 2007-2017 First Nations of Quebec Health and Social Services Blueprint indicates that diabetes is three to five times more prevalent in the First Nations communities than in the rest of Quebec and Canada.

According to the Scan on Diabetes among the First Nations communities of Quebec, the total known proportion of diabetics (16.2%) and prediabetics (13.8%) is now estimated at 30% among all of the First Nations adults. These proportions are even higher among the women. Among those ages 55 years and up, the numbers increase in an alarming fashion.

Since diabetes is a major health problem for First Nations, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) offers professional support services to the interveners as well as numerous healthy lifestyles promotional tools that are adapted to the First Nations.

Professional support services

The FNQLHSSC works with the interveners who work among the First Nations in order to identify their needs and then develop and implement strategies to prevent diabetes and promote healthy lifestyles.  

Among other things, the FNQLHSSC set up a diabetic retinopathy distance screening project intended for the First Nations of Quebec.

It also provides the support required for the implementation of the Kirano Program in the communities in addition to training intended for the interveners offered by nutritionists and physical activity specialists.

In collaboration with the regional partners, the FNQLHSSC also organises forums in order to foster the sharing and acquisition of new knowledge as well as mobilisation among the interveners.  

Finally, the FNQLHSSC fosters exchanges between the resources specialised in the prevention of diabetes among the First Nations. The FNQLHSSC’s Healthy Lifestyles Promotion Agent can therefore refer the interveners to the organisations and resources that are specialised in this field.

Tools developed by the FNQLHSSC

The FNQLHSSC has designed many tools aiming to support the healthy lifestyles promotion efforts being made by the interveners working in the communities.  

Kirano Project

Kirano, which means “We” in Atikamekw, was created in order to foster healthy lifestyles among the First Nations communities.  

The idea is simple: for eight weeks, the candidates participate in an intensive training program under the watchful eye of qualified and motivating trainers and nutritionists.

For more information about this project and to find out more about the steps associated with carrying it out, please consult the Kirano implementation guide and contact the Healthy Lifestyles Promotion Agent at the FNQLHSSC.

Healthy Lifestyles Bulletin

On an annual basis, the FNQLHSSC produces two editions of the Healthy Lifestyles Bulletin which are disseminated by mail among all of the homes in the First Nations communities of Quebec.

Healthy Cooking for all the Community DVD

This DVD offers methods facilitating the preparation and use of vegetables through a variety of delicious recipes that can be prepared at home.

Advice related to making healthy choices at the grocery store is also offered accompanied by dietetic lessons on healthy eating using the healthy plate method.    

Yves Davignon, Head Chef, and Tania Courtois, Dietetic Technician, collaborate in this DVD in order to combine cooking with dietary science. An English version of this DVD is also available in which Chef Yves Davignon cooks with nutritionist Manon Saint-Germain.

To order this DVD, please contact the Healthy Lifestyles Promotion Agent of the FNQLHSSC.

Information DVD on Diabetes

This DVD aims to provide the interveners with additional tools in order to inform, educate and support those who are dealing with type 2 diabetes.

To order this DVD, please contact the Healthy Lifestyles Promotion Agent of the FNQLHSSC.