Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

The goal of the ADI Program is to reduce type 2 diabetes among First Nations by supporting health promotion and prevention activities and services.

The objectives of the ADI Program include:
  • Creating supportive environments and increasing the practice of healthy behaviours through access to healthy food, promotion of healthy eating, physical activity and healthy body weights;
  • Increasing awareness of diabetes, diabetes risk factors and complications and approaches to prevention; 
  • Increasing community ownership of diabetes programs and capacity to prevent, delay and manage diabetes;
  • Increasing knowledge and information sharing to inform community;
  • Developing partnerships to maximize primary prevention and health promotion activities.

The ADI program will achieve its objectives through activities in four component areas:

1. Commuity Based Health Promotion and Primary Prevention
Activities that focus on promoting health and preventing diabetes by creating supportive environments and increasing the practice of healthy behaviours through improved access to healthy food; promotion of healthy eating, physical activity and healthy body weights and diabetes awareness.

2. Screening and Management
Activities that support the early detection of diabetes and related complications before they are apparent and maintain the appropriate management to improve health outcomes.

3. Capacity Building and Training
Activities to enhance community worker and health professional capacity to deliver effective health promotion and diabetes prevention programming.

4. Knowledge Mobilization
Activities that will improve and promote knowledge sharing on what works to promote health, and prevent diabetes and associated risk factors.