Preventing Chronic Disease in Primary Care

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The growing prevalence of diabetes and other chronic diseases in Ontario reinforces the need for evidence-based, targeted, population-level prevention strategies and programs. As such, the Government of Ontario has committed to helping Ontarians lead healthy lives by investing in programs and services that target risk factors among a range of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

In this webinar, co-hosted by The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) and PARC, you will learn about Ontario's Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program (PCDPP) - Group Lifestyle BalanceTM, an internationally recognized, best practice program consistently shown to be effective in reducing risk for diabetes and other chronic diseases. You will learn about the results of Ontario's demonstration project to pilot the program in Family Health Teams across Ontario and hear stories from the field and practical considerations from Ontario's PCDPP Lifestyle Coaches and Master Trainers who have firsthand knowledge and experience running the program since its inception in 2011. You will also be introduced to an exciting new implementation manual to support your organization to plan, implement and evaluate this program.

Webinar objectives:

  • Provide the history and evidence supporting Group Lifestyle BalanceTM (GLB).
  • Provide the history and evidence supporting Ontario's PCDPP and its demonstration project.
  • Describe adaptions to GLB as appropriate for the Ontario/Canadian context, including a food-focused approach.
  • Showcase Family Health Team/pilot sites who are experienced in running PCDPP and various ways it can be implemented and adapted to meet the needs of a range of organizations/sites across Ontario.
  • Introduce the manual - Ontario's Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program - Implementation Manual for Your Primary Care Organization.
  • Consider the application of the manual to support planning, implementation and evaluation of the manual in new sites across Ontario.
  • Provide details regarding Lifestyle Coach training and supports available in Ontario for the PCDPP.


  • Kaye Kramer, DrPH, MPH, RN, CCRC, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Gradaute School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Linda Semler, MS, RD, LDN, Senior Research Manager, Department of Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Hillmer, MSc, PhD, Executive Director, Information Management, Data and Analytics, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
  • Sarah Pink, RD, GLB LIfestyle Coach/Master Trainer, Mount Forest Family Health Team
  • Given Cortes, BA, TRS, RMT, GLB Lifestyle Coach/Master Trainer, Assiginack Family Health Team
  • Diane Horrigan, RN, GLB Lifestyle Coach/Master Trainer, Mount Forest Family Health Team
  • Donna Smith, MPH, RD, Policy and Program Consultant, Nutrition Resource Centre

To read the blog recap on this webinar, go to