TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, on World Diabetes Day, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) is proud to announce a $1 million commitment to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation to launch the Sun Life Financial Diabetes College (SLFDC). As the next step in advancing the Sun Life Financial commitment to holistic health, the goal of the SLFDC is to help improve wellness around the globe through diabetes prevention and management. This online resource is available to people who have been identified as having diabetes or prediabetes. "We firmly believe that individuals with chronic illness such as diabetes have the power to take charge of their own health through certain lifestyle changes," said Dean Connor, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial. "The SLFDC is a testament to the hard work being done to enhance new programs, new spaces and new research agendas that will stand at the forefront of medical advancements." The SLFDC officially launches today, with full implementation expected by June 2017. Featuring a curriculum of five interactive modules, content includes such topics as how to prevent, manage and treat diabetes, healthy eating and active lifestyle tips, and information on diabetes complications and medications. "The SLFDC is an open, accessible resource for anybody who wants to take control of their diabetes," said Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. "Through the SLFDC, we're increasing access to physician-verified information and healthy behaviour programs to individuals regardless of barriers such as geography, financial constraints and language."