Why DIL Walk?
The DIL Walk Foundation (DWF) is a not for profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of heart disease using a unique primary prevention approach. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada and worldwide, within this the South Asian population is at even higher risk. Multiple studies of migrant South Asian populations have confirmed a 3- to 5-fold increase in the risk for myocardial infarction and cardiovascular death as compared with other ethnic groups. It raises this important health issue and organizes free screening for participants to get their blood pressure, blood sugar and other risk factors tested. DIL Walk develops South Asian specific educational resources to further help increase the awareness and decrease the risk and is unique in that it uses a grass roots approach to help empower community members to take an active role in their own health.
South Asians are one of the fastest growing population in Calgary, and Canada, and include individuals from India Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and some parts of Afghanistan. The DIL Walk Foundation has successfully developed strategies, tools and resources, including DIL Walk passport, DIL Walk Magazine and Public Service Announcements to care for this population that is often misunderstood or missed. The most recent remarkable achievement of this organization has been to establish a University of Calgary research chair focusing its efforts on South Asian health.
The DIL Walk Foundation is 100% volunteer organization that educates, and highlights the importance of working together. It is an opportunity for communities to come together, and share values that are important to help understand our place in the community and the world around us. Calgary is built on values of diversity and inclusion, and that is what this Foundation highlights with the inclusion of people, communities and culture.