This Diabetes Awareness Month, Sun Life helps you take action on diabetes in your workplace


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The latest Bright Paper from Sun Life explores the impact of the diabetes epidemic on Canadian organizations and offers specific recommendations for targeting the disease in your workplace.

With an estimated one in three Canadians expected to have diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2020, this chronic disease is having a devastating toll on the country and employers.   The cost of diabetes in Canada is currently $12.2 billion and is expected to climb to $16.9 billion by 2020[1]

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month this November, Sun Life has released a new Bright Paper to help employers take action on diabetes in the workplace.  Titled Diabetes: an action plan for employers, this paper explores the impact of the diabetes epidemic[2] on Canadian organizations and offers specific guidance and recommendations to help you target this health risk in your workplace.

Forwarded by Dr. David Satok, Medical Director at Rogers Communications Canada, the paper seeks to:

  • Explore the impact of diabetes on Canadian employees and employers by uncovering current trends, research, and staggering facts about the direct and indirect costs of the disease.
  • Identify the role that you can – and should – take when it comes to helping prevent and control diabetes in your workplace.
  • Empower you to take action on diabetes with cost-effective strategies that will:
    • help you understand how diabetes is affecting your employees,
    • raise awareness amongst your employee population, and
    • promote healthy behaviours that can help prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Whether you already have a comprehensive employee health strategy or are just starting down the path of promoting wellness, one thing is certain – diabetes cannot be overlooked or ignored.  This paper will give you the facts and guidance you need to take the next steps in helping prevent diabetes from affecting your organization.

Read the Bright Paper here.

In addition to this paper, Jennifer Elia, AVP of Health and Wellness will be speaking to the topic of diabetes in the workplace at the upcoming Better Workplace Conference, taking place in Calgary November 24-26.

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[1] Canadian Diabetes Association
[2] The World Health Organization calls diabetes a ‘global epidemic’ (