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NDP commits to developing a Diabetes Wellness Plan

September 16, 2013


(Sydney, N.S.) Today Premier Darrell Dexter welcomed the news that more young Nova Scotians can begin to receive the diabetes care they deserve through the provincial insulin pump program.

Starting today families of kids with diabetes and young adults can apply to get the cost of insulin pumps and supplies covered.

Dexter also announced that the NDP will develop a Diabetes Wellness Plan based on recommendations from the Canadian Diabetes Association.

“The NDP understands the impact diabetes can have on families. Together we’ve accomplished a lot like covering the cost of insulin pumps for kids and young adults. There is still more to do and developing a Diabetes Wellness Plan will help prevent people from getting diabetes and support those who have it,” said Dexter.

Based on recommendations from the Canadian Diabetes Association, the NDP will develop a Diabetes Wellness Plan that focuses on diabetes prevention, screening, detection, treatment and self-management.

The NDP diabetes plan will include:

A provincial gap analyses to ensure people with diabetes are receiving the care they need and know where and how to access support.

Greater emphasis on initiatives to encourage self-management of diabetes such as public awareness campaigns, education, purposeful testing and self-monitoring of blood glucose, and lifestyle change programs.

Continued support for the NDP’s landmark physical activity plan Thrive!, launched in June 2012, which supports healthy living programs for Nova Scotia children.

Building on steps already taken to provide children with access to insulin pumps, by working to expand initiatives that help Nova Scotians with type 1 diabetes access insulin pumps and supplies as provincial finances allow in the coming years.

“With a balanced budget the NDP is able to deliver more new and expanded programs, like covering the cost of insulin pumps and supplies, that will help build a better future for today’s families,” said Dexter.

The NDP is covering the cost of insulin pumps and supplies for kids and young adults up to the age of 19 and covering insulin supplies for people under 25.

“For a kid with diabetes having an insulin pump is the difference between getting the opportunity to live more independently or, having to stay close to home to get multiple daily injections. For an active kid that’s a huge difference,” said the NDP leader.

 “The NDP is committed to delivering better health care where and when families need it. Together we’ve accomplished a lot but there is still more to do for families of loved ones with diabetes.”

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.

Election day is Tuesday, October 8.