Fact Sheet

Public - Private Partnerships for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Promoting healthy living and diabetes prevention among urban First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth

News Release: Harper Government Teams Up With Right To Play and the Private Sector to Fund Diabetes Prevention Among Urban First Nations, Métis and Inuit Youth

Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians and helps to prevent chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The Government of Canada is advancing innovative multi-sectoral partnerships, particularly with the private sector, to promote healthy living and reduce obesity and other risk factors that can lead to more serious health problems. Everyone has a role to play in promoting healthy living.

The Play For Prevention program will:

  • Use Right To Play's play-based approach to learning to address the gaps in diabetes prevention among urban First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth;
  • Expand on existing Right To Play's diabetes resources and create a more comprehensive cultural resource;
  • Train Community Mentors from each urban Aboriginal organization to pilot the Play For Prevention program;
  • Support the Community Mentors in launching the Play For Prevention program using a series of inter-generational tournaments to promote physical activity; and
  • Support Community Mentors in engaging youth in planning and leading events that focus on diabetes prevention.


  • The Public Health Agency of Canada -- $475,625
  • MLSE Foundation -- $393,175
  • Tim Hortons -- $72,450
  • Jamie MacDonald, Professional Photographer and Videographer -- $10,000

Total: $951,250

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