Work­shop on di­a­betes risks

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A pi­lot pro­gram run­ning in Roe­bourne this month will help Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple make bet­ter food and nu­tri­tion choices.

The nu­tri­tion pi­lot is be­ing funded by Ru­ral Health West and run lo­cally by Di­a­betes WA.

This month, a Yarn Up group ed­u­ca­tion work­shop will be held in Roe­bourne with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple at risk of de­vel­op­ing chronic dis­eases such as type two di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and obe­sity.

Ru­ral Health West re­gional ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Vivi­enne Dug­gin said the work­shops would ex­plore the im­pact of nu­tri­tion on di­a­betes.

“The Di­a­betes WA nu­tri­tion­ist and pub­lic health prac­ti­tioner will be us­ing the in­ter­ac­tive Felt­man tool to show the group what hap­pens in the body of some­one with type two di­a­betes,” she said.

“The Felt­man tool . . . helps peo­ple vi­su­alise how di­a­betes af­fects var­i­ous parts of the body if left un­treated.”

Di­a­betes WA man­age­ment unit man­ager So­phie McGough said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was look­ing for­ward to the Yarn Up work­shops.

The Bet­ter Eat­ing, Bet­ter Health pi­lot is funded through the Aus­tralian Govern­ment Depart­ment of Health’s Med­i­cal Out­reach In­dige­nous Chronic Dis­ease Pro­gram.

This is the first time nu­tri­tion ser­vices have been de­liv­ered through the pro­gram,.

Ru­ral Health West has de­liv­ered nearly 10,000 oc­ca­sions of ser­vice to peo­ple liv­ing in the Pil­bara dur­ing the 2016-2017 fi­nan­cial year.

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