New initiatives launched in Canada to help schoolkids with diabetes

by Barbara Hewitt on September 26, 2014

New initiatives in Canada have been announced with the aim of keeping children with diabetes safe, healthy and fully involved in school activities.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) have launched the global Kids and Diabetes in Schools (KiDS) project and information pack, which offers resources to teachers, children and parents.

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The news KiDS project will offer information to parents, teachers and students

They also said that the new KiDS app for iPad will help school personnel to quickly access crucial information about diabetes, so they will know how to assist pupils and students living with diabetes.

Along with the challenges all students experience at school, those living with diabetes have a daily need to balance food, medication and physical activity. They often encounter an absence of accurate knowledge about diabetes in their schools.

IDF and its partners, including Sanofi, developed the KiDS project to help schools, children, and families create a safe and supportive school environment and to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy nutrition and exercise habits.

As well as the management of type 1 diabetes in schools, the project supports the prevention of type 2 diabetes, which is on the rise among younger age groups. IDF estimates that Canada has 1,447 new cases of type 1 diabetes in children each year, one of the highest incidence rates in the world.

As part of the KiDS project, an information pack will be available to teachers, parents and children, along with training sessions to educate school personnel on diabetes, the symptoms associated with high and low blood sugar, and how to respond in emergency situations.

‘By tackling diabetes early on in schools, the KiDS project has a unique opportunity to influence how we perceive and manage diabetes in and outside of school,’ said Dr. David Chaney, senior education specialist at IDF.

‘We want children to feel comfortable managing their diabetes in school, while at the same time educating their care-giving network on the best way to deal with diabetes. This project has the potential to make a significant positive impact,’ he added.

The KiDS global project information pack for schools is available for free in six languages and is also being piloted in India and Brazil, with education sessions underway in schools across New Delhi and Sao Paulo.

The CDA Position Statement and Guidelines aim to help clarify essential roles and responsibilities for the care of kids living with diabetes among students, parents, school personnel and health-care providers.

‘Our goal is to improve the health, safety and participation of the 33,000 elementary and high school aged children in Canada with diabetes. A team based approach is needed for them. We are delighted to work with governments and school boards to develop needed policies as well as helping school personnel, children and parents across Canada to support these children as much as possible,’ said Rick Blickstead, CDA president.

They also added that the guidelines and practical resources made available today will make it easier for children with diabetes to stay safe and healthy in schools as part of a team effort.


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Elliott Worthington September 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

This is a brilliant idea because not only does it make people living with diabetes aware of how to cope with the illness but it makes a lot of people they are around understand diabetes better too. What I think is great here as well is the fact that it mentions an insight into Type 2 diabetes and the causes of this which I think will educate children from a young age about preventative methods.

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