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The Wholistic Landscape of Diabetes Wellness: Learning From Each Other – FNHA

Nov 01, 2023

​​​​​​A message from Kathy Riyazi, Manager, Population Health Data and Reporting Office of the Chief Medical Officer; and Tessie Harris, Diabetes Educator, Office of the Chief Nursing Officer

For Diabetes Awareness Month this year, we are sharing a few stories from First Nations people in BC who are living well with diabetes. There is so much to be learned from those who are successfully walking similar paths!

Key themes of these stories include self-respect, self-determination, self-compassion, mindfulness, balance, and boundaries – things we don’t often associate with diabetes wellness.

When people think about diabetes, the first things that come to mind are often carbohydrates, blood-sugar checking, and foot care. While these are, of course, important components of diabetes wellness, there are many other aspects of living well with diabetes that are often missing from diabetes education and services.

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