MP Sidhu on diabetes caucus progress
OTTAWA —The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) joined with Parliamentarians in June 2016 to form the All-Party Diabetes Caucus. The Caucus works through all parties to advance solutions on behalf of the 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. MP for Brampton South Sonia Sidhu is a co-chair of the Caucus, which recently had its first official meeting in late October.
MP Sidhu said, “I have been hard at work talking to fellow Liberals about what we can do together to reduce the risk of diabetes for Canadians coast-to-coast-to-coast. I published a recent piece in The Hill Times, which calls for submissions of healthy living ideas that even the busiest person can implement.”
The CDA held a breakfast in the Parliamentary Restaurant within Centre Block on November 17th. MP Sidhu spoke to MPs at a packed room at the event about local ideas that she has already undertaken:
- Holding an Info Session in your community with diabetes educators or diabetes-related organizations as presenters
- Having a collection box at your place of work or community BBQ for used clothes than can be donated to the CDA
- Writing a letter to the editor of your local paper about a real story of how this disease has affected you or someone you know
The breakfast was to highlight the CDA’s new White Paper on type 2 diabetes. Researchers and experts spoke about the urgent need for investment in research in order to help prevent this disease. The CDA will be holding a reception on the Hill on November 24th, which MP Sidhu is co-hosting, in order to introduce MPs to the most current research on this issue.
MP Sidhu concluded, “I will not stop trying to make a real difference on this issue. My experience as a diabetes educator meeting people who are afflicted by this issue led me into politics, so that I could work even harder to better peoples’ lives. I thank everyone who has engaged with me on this issue through the Diabetes Caucus so far, and those who will as we move forward.”