Dunk for Diabetes program expands to over 600 kids from across Canada

Boys and Girls Canada announced today the Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes program is expanding to over 600 children from Boys and Girls Clubs across the country.

The six-week program brings awareness to Type 2 diabetes, reaching program goals and milestones such as 600+ hours of reduced electronic screen time, 4,454 fruits and vegetables consumed, and over 23,000 squats.The hundreds of youth who participate in the program show commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while playing a sport they love in the communities they live in.

“It was so inspiring to see firsthand what the GTA youth learned in the program and we are thrilled to be able to expand Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes to more cities across Canada,” said Lisa Ritchie, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial in a statement. “The key to start preventing type 2 diabetes is through awareness, education and living a healthy lifestyle and what better way to do this than by getting active on a basketball court. By continuing to partner with the Toronto Raptors, the NBA and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, we can work together to alter the course of this preventable disease.”

Dunk for Diabetes was launched in select Boys and Girls Clubs in Toronto, including the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough, last fall.