I want to talk to about a topic that is important to me in regards to an event coming up, Diabetes Awareness Week. Let me ask you, are you at risk of becoming or are already one of the 280 people diagnosed with Diabetes every day? National Diabetes Awareness Week is running a campaign to raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and also the growing number of people that are newly diagnosed every day. A recent study through evidence based research showed that approximately 280 people are developing diabetes every day and I was surprised to hear that diabetes will become our number one burden of disease within the next five years. Basically the aim of the campaign is to increase the general population’s knowledge and understanding about diabetes and also to help support those who have it. If you already have Diabetes whether ongoing or newly diagnosed, and are in WA looking for support, the Desmond support program can assist those with type two diabetes. For more information please visit http://www.diabeteswa.com.au/Living_With_Diabetes/DESMOND.
Diabetes Australia has a 3 monthly Magazine, Diabetes Matter Magazine, which talks about topics and issues related to Diabetes. Please visit the link below for more information. http://www.diabeteswa.com.au/News_and_Events/Diabetes_Matters_Magazine In regards to events held around Australia, you can call the infoline on 1300 136588 or visit the website.
There are events currently being held around Australia so visit the website to check what events are being held in your state or territory. For events in WA you can visit http://www.diabeteswa.com.au/News_and_Events/Events. An event coming up in August, the Chevron City to Surf, will be taking place on the 30th of August and is an excellent way to get some exercise while raising money for Diabetes WA. Courses vary from a 4km walk/run to a 42km marathon and everything in between. If you are interested in getting involved and fundraising for Diabetes WA, register on the City to Surf website and set up a fundraising page with Diabetes WA as your chosen charity. For assistance in preparing for the City to Surf fun run, please follow Absolute Balance on social media or our website as we will be posting advice on how to prepare for such an event. If you would like to support the campaign in other ways there are several ways you can help:
- Raise awareness using the #280aday hashtag
- Share your story about “what you know about diabetes” via our Absolute Balance Facebook page
- Display the campaign materials in a prominent place.
- Donate at www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/donate
If you are not quite ready for the City to Surf and need professional advice on how to get started on a safe and effective exercise program, ask your GP for a referral to an EP. In regards to exercise professionals, Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) specialise in clinical exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise and lifestyle modification programs for people who are at risk of, or living with chronic disease such as diabetes. To start taking steps towards improving your health and wellbeing, please contact your GP and refer to our Exercise Physiologists at Absolute Balance.
Absolute Balance conducts individual and group based lifestyle counselling, self-management support, exercise advice as well as monitoring behaviour changes with a view to promoting independent lifestyle management. Chronic Disease Management (CDM) is a free service funded through Medicare. It allows high-risk individuals to be identified by their general practitioner and referred to Absolute Balance to begin an activity and exercise-based management plan.
Below is a brief link addressing the importance of exercise and how it plays a role in your health and wellbeing.
Why is Exercise So Important? April 2015
If you would like more information in regards to your health and activity or you would like to see whether you are at risk of developing Diabetes, follow the links or take the risk assessment below.
Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
AUSDRISK Risk Assessment Tool http://www.checkmyrisk.org.au/media-2014
My Healthy Balance – Your path to a healthier life http://myhealthybalance.com.au/
If you have any further questions or queries please contact us through our social media page or our website.
Regards, Luke Bell
Absolute Balance Exercise Consultant AEP (Accredited Exercise Physiologist)
(Bach. Ex. Sci & Rehab, Bach Ex. & Sports Sci)