Every three minutes another Canadian is diagnosed with diabetes. A healthy and active lifestyle may help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Diabetes Canada is encouraging B.C.’s workforce to leave work at 3 p.m. to get active while helping to put an end to diabetes by participating in Free at 3.
“Free at 3 aims to motivate British Columbians to get out and get active. Most importantly, the goal of the event is to educate individuals on why incorporating physical activity into their daily lives can help reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes,” says Sheila Kern, regional director for British Columbia and Yukon with Diabetes Canada. “This event provides the perfect platform for organizations to promote health and wellness in the workplace, and it’s a fun and easy way to engage employees and give back to the community.”
Today 1.5 million British Columbians are living with diabetes or prediabetes—a figure projected to increase if we don’t act now. Regular physical activity not only helps prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes; it improves sleep quality, decreases stress, and improves mental health.
“Physical activity can be daunting if you are new to it. We want to create a movement where people feel inspired and empowered to make a positive change with their health. Yoga, an office boot camp, a walk on your lunch break—it all counts! Get your organization onboard and start planning your Free at 3 activities and let’s put an end to diabetes!” added Kern.