February 4, 2019 09:30
Sun Life financial, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Toronto Raptors and the Haunts youth of Canada are partnering to offer the program Basketball for diabetes in Quebec.
The program aims to teach young people the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and active to prevent type 2 diabetes. “It is through this initiative that youth Haunts youth of Montreal, Longueuil, quebec and Stoneham-et-Tewksbury, will participate this winter in the six-week program focused on health and wellness,” says Sun Life.
“Physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits are essential to reduce the risk of long-term disease in children and adolescents, says Owen Charters, president and ceo of the Haunts youth of Canada. Thanks to the generosity of Sun Life Financial and the NBA, we are happy to now offer the program Basketball for diabetes in Quebec. Through the power of sport, this program, that the young people love it, helps to educate more young people with type 2 diabetes and prevent the disease. “
For the same occasion, the insurer and the NBA have unveiled a basketball court refurbished for the benefit of the community and the Den youth in Dawson city to Montreal. Employees of Sun Life have voluntarily contributed to the work.
“For us, at Sun Life Financial, the real wealth passes by way of the health and adoption of healthy life habits. With the program Basketball for diabetes, launched today in Quebec, we are continuing our efforts to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes in the country. I am happy that young people of Montreal, Longueuil, quebec and Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury can now take advantage of this program, which will be an inestimable legacy for their future, ” emphasizes Jacques Goulet, president of Sun Life Financial Canada.
The program Basketball for diabetes has been launched in 2017 and is available in 29 communities in Canada. Sun Life precise that it is committed to pay approximately $ 25 million on a global scale, through programs of awareness, prevention, treatment, care and research related to diabetes since 2012.