From Soup to Tomatoes: Espanola Diabetes Educator Making a Difference

From Soup to Tomatoes

Ottawa – A diabetes educator from Espanola is helping people work toward better fitness using a novel approach that has gained a global audience, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes told parliament.

“Susan Clarke is a diabetes educator making a big difference in people’s lives,” said Hughes. “She noticed that people could easily find expert advice on education, nutrition, and stress management, but recognized a gap for those who needed to exercise.”

“Inspired by studies that showed using something as simple as 2 cans of soup to exercise just 10 minutes a day was beneficial for health and fitness, Susan put together a program for her clients, calling it From Soup to Tomatoes.”

She knew any program had to be free, easily accessible, designed to address mobility issues, and above all, be led by a professional to ensure safety and avoid injuries.

“13 years ago, classes started in Espanola.  A few years later, the program began webcasting so people could exercise remotely, at home and in group settings.” said Hughes. “Now, with a website and a YouTube channel, From Soup to Tomatoes is helping people around the world become healthier while saving health care dollars.”

“The costs related to mobility issues can really pile up,” said Clarke. “Something as simple as a fall can cost the patient and our health care system thousands of dollars. This program helps avoid some of those instances and helps people see they can be healthier   and feel better too.”


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Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008. In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament. A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario. She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region. Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker. With decades of labour experience, Carol understands the priorities of hardworking families. She has introduced legislation to expand access to Employment Insurance benefits and to require mandatory reporting of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. She has also worked with veterans on legislation that will create a Defence of Canada Medal to honour those who served domestically to protect Canada during the Cold War. Committed to serving all her constituents, Carol maintains full constituency offices in both Kapuskasing and Elliot Lake. She also holds regular clinics in communities throughout the riding. Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.


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