Published February 13, 2019 19:25
Sun Life Financial and the Toronto Raptors have teamed up to fund and run a program called Dunk for Diabetes for a second year in the Okanagan. Through their generous donation, over 120 kids in our community are learning and being provided with the tools and resources in order to make healthy lifestyle choices going forward.
Leveraging partnerships with the Toronto Raptors and the NBA through their NBA Fit health and wellness platform, Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes aims to bring awareness to Type 2 diabetes while teaching youth at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Canada, the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. The program has participants take part in weekly, basketball-themed fitness and nutrition challenges, with the chance to win prizes after each challenge is completed.
This six-week program, which launched last spring in selected Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, was a resounding success with children from Kelowna experiencing the positive effects of healthy eating and active living.
Of the 65 participants from the spring launch, the Dunk for Diabetes program was able to achieve great milestones, such as 601 hours of reduced screen time, 4,454 fruits and vegetables consumed, and over 23,000 squats completed over the six-week period.
“I had so much fun in the Dunk for Diabetes program,” said one participant, age 10, Boys and Girls Club. “I learned what type 2 diabetes is and how to stop it by eating healthy foods like fruits, salads and smoothies and to play lots of sports.”
As part of the official launch party yesterday, January 29th, 65 more kids from Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in Lake Country, Rutland and Kelowna are participating in this innovative six-week program and have begun learning the value of maintaining healthy lives on and off the court.
“Without the support of Sun Life Financial this program would not be possible, they have donated financially as well as supplies, equipment and prizes to motivate the kids every week they attend sessions in our clubs, says Richelle Leckey, Community Engagement Coordinator Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. Partnerships like Sun Life help us continue to support the healthy growth and development of kids in our community.”