Virtual cooking demo 2 – recap

Thank you to all who attended our SECOND virtual cooking demo this week. We had an absolute blast learning all about a customizable stir fry dish from Kaela and Megan.

If you missed it, here’s the recipe and video:

Almond tofu stir fry recipe, part 1Almond tofu stir fry recipe, part 2

Posted by Small Steps for Big Changes on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Virtual cooking demo (part 2!)

We had such a blast at the last virtual cooking demo that we’ve decided to return with PART 2!

Join Megan and Kaela as they invite us into their kitchen for a low-carb dinner! All are welcome to this event. πŸ™‚

Please contact Corliss Bean ( to RSVP or for connection issues on the day of.

When: Tuesday April 28th 6:00-7:00 PM

PS – did you miss the previous virtual cooking demo? Access the full recap and recipe here.

Virtual cooking demo – recap

Thank you to all who joined our first ever Small Steps for Big Changes home cooking demonstration, where we went live with Dr.’s Mary Jung and Jon Little! They made a delicious warm kale salad.

Here’s the recipes they discussed:

2 bunches of curly dark green kale
3 peppers (any colour)
1/2 cup of blanched almonds (or any nuts you have on hand, or sesame seeds!)
4 eggs
Β½ cup hard cheese (or nutritional yeast flakes)
1 avocado

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VIRTUAL cooking class!

By popular demand, we have decided to continue our monthly Small Steps for Big Changes meetings – virtually! Everyone is invited to attend.. from the comfort of their own living rooms. πŸ™‚

First up, the much anticipated COOKING DEMO is still going forward! Drs. Mary Jung and Jon Little will be co-teaching this class from their own kitchen.

When: Tues Mar 31 from 6 – 7:30pm

Where: Join by Zoom at or through Facebook Live

Who: everyone!


If you’re having technical difficulties on the day of, please contact Corliss at

See you there!

all in-person activities have been postponed :(

Like many others, we have decided to postpone all in-person programming and events until it is safe to do so.

This includes the previously scheduled Adult Health Assessment Day and much anticipated cooking demonstration at the end of the month.

Stay tuned for rescheduled dates and stay safe out there, everyone!


Upcoming Health Assessment Days!

Have you reserved your spot yet at one of our upcoming Health Assessment Days on Mar 13 & 22?

These FREE assessments, open to all, will measure your risk for prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and overall health.

The assessments will last approximately 45 minutes and will measure blood pressure, cardiovascular health, balance, agility and more! This assessment can help raise awareness about your overall health and prevent the risk of disease, like type 2 diabetes. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided! Please pass this information along to your networks–tell your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers!


Senior Health Assessment Day (50+):

When: March 13th 8am-12pm

Where: Kelowna Family YMCA


Adult Health Assessment Day (18+):

When: March 22nd 8am-12pm

Where: H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre


Reserve your spot by calling 250-491-9622 ext. 426.

The funding for this event is generously provided by UBC Community Engagement and offered in partnership with YMCA of the Okanagan.Β 

Small Steps for Big Changes program highlighted in Kelowna Capital News!

We’re so proud that the Small Steps for Big Changes program was highlighted yesterday in Kelowna Capital News!

β€œThe inspiration for the Small Steps for Big Changes initiative was to support those living with prediabetes, and more importantly, to help empower them to maintain their diet and exercise behaviours,” said Mary Jung, associate professor at UBC Okanagan.

β€œThe goal of our partnership is to help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in those at risk by providing a program that is accessible.”

We couldn’t do any of this work without our awesome partners at YMCA of the Okanagan – thank you!

Low carb lecture by Dr. Barbara Oliveira

Thanks so much to Dr. Barbara Oliveira for giving an awesome low carb lecture to our Small Steps for Big Changes alumni group last night at the Kelowna Downtwon YMCA! We learned so much!

New SSBC video!

The University of British Columbia recently released a video recapping the Small Steps for Big Changes 2nd anniversary event commemorating and solidifying the community partnership between the YMCA of Okanagan and SSBC program. At this event in November 2019, Dr. Mary Jung, Principal Investigator of the SSBC study, and Sharon Peterson, CEO of YMCA of Okanagan, signed a formal memorandum of understanding between the two organisations. Over 70 diabetes prevention stakeholders from the academic, clinical, and community contexts met at the Laurel Packing House in downtown Kelowna to celebrate the successes of the SSBC study and look towards the future of the program.

Well done to everyone who helped make this program a success!

UBC Healthy Measures Day recap

DPRG volunteers at UBC Healthy Measures Day, Feb 18, 2020The Small Steps for Big Changes team was out in full force yesterday at UBC Healthy Measures Day!

This free event was open to all UBC faculty and staff. Voluntters from the Diabetes Prevention Research Group helped participants take their height & weight and discuss their risk for Type 2 Diabetes and prediabetes using the American Diabetes Association risk assessment tool.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and all participants that stopped by! If you missed today’s event, sign up for the next UBC Healthy Measures Day here:

Or, come to one of our community Health Assessments Days, coming up soon: