The Aboriginal Diabetes Program provides educational resources to prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes; an illness that is largely affecting the Aboriginal population and communities. The program encourages healthy living through physical activity, and healthy nutrition workshops. Workshops are available in Friendship Centres and provide an interactive learning environment for participants to learn about the aspects of health that may contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Addictions and Mental Health programs offer a cultural space for individuals with mental health and addictions issues to find the help they need in moving towards a healthier lifestyle. There are 16 addictions and mental health workers in Friendship Centres and individuals of all ages can access programs. The program also works to make better connections between urban Aboriginal communities and non-Aboriginal health services. This is done by educating non-Aboriginal staff about the specific needs of Aboriginal people and creating partnerships to connect them with the Friendship Centre.
The Life Long Care Program provides services and care for people of all ages that have physical disabilities, serious health issues, or those who are frail and/or elderly. The goal of the program is to assist program participants in stabilizing their health. Assistance with the coordination of medical appointments, transportation, prevention of isolation through interaction and social activities, referrals and advocacy to access community supports. Services can be provided on a short-term or long-term basis and will be determined through an intake and assessment process.
The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living program promotes and supports healthier lifestyles for urban Aboriginal people. The program creates opportunities for community members to learn about healthy lifestyles and participate in active living activities. The program provides the urban Aboriginal community with hands on experience through interactive workshops, healthy nutrition information, cooking classes, fitness training, smoking cessation support, sport and recreational activities, all to introduce healthier options and alternatives to an overall healthy lifestyle.