Sun Life Supports YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai and the Boston Celtics joined Sun Life Financial to officially kick off its commitment to preventing diabetes, helping the YMCA of Greater Boston promote the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which provides participants with the tools, resources and information to reduce risk factors associated with the disease.
In November, the U.S. division of Sun Life pledged $250,000 to YMCA of the USA to support the national expansion of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a commitment that is part of Sun Life Financial ’s broader, global effort to prevent the disease and mitigate its complications. Sun Life’s international contributions to this initiative include a $10 million commitment in Canada over the last year. In celebration of the partnership, Sun Life generously donated $100,000 to the YMCA of Greater Boston at the Celtics event on January 30, 2014.
To get the event started, Lucky the Leprechaun suited up and treated the kids to an infamous “Lucky Dunk Show”. Celtics forward Brandon Bass and Legend/Assistant Coach Walter McCarty led a youth physical activity session. The nationally renowned chef then led a cooking demonstration for participants to see how to prepare healthy options.
Wes Thompson, President of Sun Life Financial U.S. stated, “Sun Life Financial recognizes that diabetes poses a critical national public health crisis, and as such, it demands our immediate attention,” said Thompson. “Through our partnership with YMCA of the USA we are aiming to raise awareness of the risk factors associated with diabetes and provide the resources and information to help members of our community protect what they love most about their lives.”
Other fitness, nutrition and wellness activities, including a Zumba class and a free diabetes risk assessment were provided, all designed to show the 150 area youth and adult participants how they can incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into daily routines.
Bass mentioned, “It’s great helping to teach people to understand how important it is to eat right and stay fit. After all, the bottom line for me is that there’s no chance I’d be playing in the NBA without following these guidelines myself.”