Supporting food security and healthy eating in Dartmouth North
Dartmouth Family Centre is receiving a $120,000 grant over three years to support food security and the development of food skills at its Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. Cultivating Change 2.0 builds on previous food skills programming with a focus on gardening and cooking in providing participants with the skills and knowledge to grow and prepare their own food, leading to reduced risk factors for type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. This funding brings Medavie’s support of the Centre to $160,000.
Through the Medavie Health Foundation supports community-based programs aligned with child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress, and type 2 diabetes. Since late 2011, Medavie Health Foundation has committed over $13 million to single and multi-year grant and partnership programs.
· Some 84% of program participants reported eating more fruits and vegetables, with 86% making improvements to their diets or eating habits.
· Canadians in food insecure households are double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those in food secure households.
· Over the last decade, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Canada has increased by 72%, with 11 million Canadians currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This number is expected to rise to 13.9 million (33% of Canadians) by 2026.