Diabetes – Partnering with Youth


“Taking Hold of Our Health” is a special video project in partnership with HAAC, the CDA, Southeastern Community Health & Wellness and the Black Cultural Centre, and is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Video – “Taking Hold of our Health”

With rap songs and hip hop not often linked to a serious disease like diabetes, the unique and interactive video program involved youth groups in a way that helped them learn about diabetes prevention and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

According to HAAC’s co-chair Donna Smith, “getting young people involved will help spread the word about the importance of making healthier choices and being physically active.” She also states that “doing so in a way that is culturally relevant makes such a difference within the community.”

For more information you can also visit: Canadian Diabetes Association – HAAC Volunteer writeup