The Alberta’s Caring for Diabetes (ABCD) project, was developed to improve the quality and efficiency of care for diabetes in Alberta. With a focus on supporting primary care outside of the metro Edmonton and Calgary areas by using the information gather in the survey to identify the complications that occur, why they occur and then what to do to reduce the rate of occurrence.

What the study is showing us is that simple changes can do wonders.


SLEEP – sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night is important for metabolic control and mental health


MOVE – those who are active for at least 30 minutes a day have a significant increase in positive outlook & health


EAT – providing everyone involved with website access to nutrition knowledge and simple recipes



Sub-study Results

45% of people slept between 7-8hours a night


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  • The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following tips to improve sleep health
  • Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body clock
  • Practice a relaxing bed time ritual, preferably away from bright likes or mobile devices that may distract you from relaxation
  • If you have trouble sleeping, avoid napping during the day

Visit National Sleep Foundation website



Sub-study Results

32% of participants took part in 150 minutes of moderate

to vigorous physical activity weekly

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  • Wear comfortable and well-fitting shoes
  • Wear your medicAlert bracelet or necklace
  • Both aerobic and resistance exercise are important for people living with diabetes
  • Goal is to complete at least 150minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise each week

     Visit Diabetes Canada Website



Sub-study Results

57% of participants consumed more than
the recommended daily energy intake.

Most of that energy came from fat.

96% of participants consumed more than
the recommended daily amount of sodium.

57% consumed double the amount of sodium
compared to the recommendation.

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  • Have breakfast everyday
  • Benefit from eating vegetables and fruit at
    all meals and as snacks
  • Request nutrition information about menu items when eating out to help make healthier choices
  • Limit foods and beverages high in calories, fat,
    sugar or salt (sodium)
  • Read the nutrition labels

Download Eating well with Canada’s Food Guide       PDF