Metabolic Syndrome Canada (MetSC) -
Innovative NUtrition toolkit for CHANGE (NU-CHANGE)

One in five Canadians suffer from metabolic syndrome (MetS). This is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels — that occur together, and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. MetS accounts for 43% of all deaths in Canada and a healthcare system cost of well over $15 billion dollars per year.

Metabolic Syndrome Canada (MetSC), a not-for-profit organization of leading health experts has created a scientifically proven CHANGE program to focus on the prevention and reversal of the MetS condition.

Researchers from MetSC and the University of Guelph have collaborated with the Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown College to develop innovative materials for the CHANGE Program nutrition toolkit, known as NU-CHANGE. The goal of the project is to enhance the learning of participants and registered dietitians (RDs) working to combat MetSC.

Resources developed to help Canadians make healthy food choices include: