Mississauga Joins Global Fight Against Type 2 Diabetes

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Mississauga –

In advance of World Diabetes Day on Sunday, November 14, Mayor Crombie and members of Council signed the Urban Diabetes Declaration, making Mississauga the only Canadian municipality participating in the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) Programme.

The rise of Type 2 diabetes is a growing concern in Mississauga. In June, City Council received a corporate report recommending the City’s membership in the CCD Programme. As a CCD member, Mississauga joins 39 other cities around the world who are working to help prevent and control urban diabetes.

“We are very excited to join the CCD Programme and work towards developing a made-in-Mississauga Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Strategy,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease with serious consequences that affects approximately one in 10 adults in Peel Region. Health statistics tell us that rates of this disease are significantly higher in Peel than in the rest of Ontario. This is placing an added strain on our public health agencies and health care systems, which have been stretched to the limit over the past 18 months.”

The City’s CCD Programme will run over the next three to five years and will provide Mississauga with tools and resources, and develop community and industry partners to address the rise of Type 2 diabetes in Mississauga.

Approximately 53.6 per cent of Peel Region residents are overweight or have obesity, which is the single biggest modifiable risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, 51.3 per cent of adults in Peel Region identify as Asian, South Asian, Arab, Black and Hispanic ethnic groups and Indigenous peoples – groups that are at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.

“2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto. While we have come a long way in the fight against diabetes, there is more work to be done. Participating in the CCD Programme will enable the City to access insights and information from other cities around the world while also considering factors that are unique to Mississauga,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.

The City has already implemented a number of programs and initiatives that contribute to diabetes prevention and healthy living including the adoption of the Region of Peel’s six Core Elements of the built environment that impact health. The City has also implemented a Healthy Food and Beverage Policy for Recreation facilities, a healthy-by-design approach for neighbourhood development, and continues to promote active transportation and healthy lifestyles.

“Diabetes is a complex and challenging disease that requires a collaborative approach to bend the curve. Cities Changing Diabetes is a public-private partnership programme that addresses the greatest vulnerabilities and urban health needs providing a range of prevention initiatives,” said Adam Marsella, Director of External Affairs at Novo Nordisk Canada and Canadian Spokesperson for CCD.  “Cities are the front line of the diabetes challenge: It’s where more than half of the world’s population lives, and where two in three people with diabetes reside. The situation is different in every city, which is why we’ve developed a model that any city can use to understand the scale of the diabetes challenge. We applaud the City of Mississauga for joining this imperative initiative, and look forward to making progress together.”

For more information about CCD Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/ccd.