Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation Donates $500,000 in support of Diabetes Education in Halton

Posted: February 23, 2012

OAKVILLE, ON, February 23, 2012 – Today, Oakville Hospital Foundation announced a $500,000 gift from Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation (LFCF) to the new Oakville Hospital campaign. This contribution, along with a partnership opportunity, will support diabetes education through the Halton Diabetes Program and regional Nephrology program at Oakville’s new Hospital.

In honour of their support, the Diabetes Education Classroom and Kidney Function Clinic will be named after the family in the new facility. The Diabetes program educates the public about preventing and managing this chronic disease. The Kidney Function Clinic works to educate, support, and care for people with kidney disease, 60% of whom also have diabetes. All of the diabetes programs have a strong focus on encouraging patients to be active partners in their own care in order to avoid deterioration in their health and avoid recurring hospital visits
In conjunction with LFCF’s gift, a partnership opportunity with diabetes team has been established to further support education programs and initiatives for patients, their families, and hospital staff members. The partnership will offer joint cooking classes in Longo’s stores for patients of diabetes, cardiac, and nephrology education groups. A percentage of LFCF’s donation will purchase staple food items for the kitchenettes in these departments, and for use in label reading classes.

“Longo’s is proud to continue to invest in the health of the communities served by the new Oakville Hospital and partner through this initiative to help support and inspire healthy families,” said Roseanne Longo, Consumer Spokesperson and Chair, Longo's Family Charitable Foundation.

Worldwide, chronic diseases such as diabetes are the leading cause of death and disability. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, here in Ontario diabetes account for 32% of heart attacks, 43% of heart failures, 30% of strokes, 51% of new dialysis, and 70% of amputations in the province. These statistics reflect increasing healthcare costs associated with diabetes which are expected to rise as much as 45% over the next decade.

“With the right treatment, education, and support, people diagnosed with diabetes can improve their health and quality of life,” said Dale Clement, Chief Operating Officer at Halton Healthcare Services. “The gift made by Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation will touch thousands of people and have a lasting impact on the very future of our community.”

This week, as the Canadian-owned food retailer celebrates its 56th year in business, two milestones are being celebrated: serving the Burlington community for 40 years and the Oakville community for 30 years. Along with locations at Dundas and Trafalgar and Wyecroft and Burloak, Longo’s has announced a third Oakville location to open in 2013 on Cornwall & Chartwell. Longo’s is committed to the well-being of Ontario residents and offers outstanding customer service and healthier options for the communities they serve.


About The Halton Diabetes Program
The Halton Diabetes Program is a regional diabetes program, serving adults with diabetes in the communities of Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville. The program provides education and counselling services for adults with diabetes and their families on a group and individual basis, with the ultimate goals of promoting health, preventing illness and reducing lengths of hospital stay.

About Longo’s
A family-owned organization, Longo’s first opened its doors in Toronto in 1956 and now boasts 24 stores across the GTA, employing more than 4,400 team members.  Inspired by their Founders and their commitment to a Fresh Tradition, the Longo’s team of food experts is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by offering the best food experience at a great value to every customer, every time by providing Fresh & Unique Offerings, Everyday Foods & Groceries, Services for Ease and Education and ideas.
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About Oakville Hospital Foundation
The Oakville Hospital Foundation is partnering with the community to fund essential equipment for Oakville’s Hospital to enable high quality patient care. Generous support from the community is needed to help the Foundation achieve its $60 million campaign goal to equip the state-of-the-art health care facility scheduled to open in December 2015.
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For more information contact:
Suzanne Hallsworth      
Communications Director     
Oakville Hospital Foundation     
905.845.2571 ext 6250