Interactive website benefits diabetics
A new interactive website for Diabetes NZ Auckland is up and running.
The new site has recipes, exercise and nutritional advice from New Zealand celebrities including television and radio personality Paul Holmes, former prime minister Jenny Shipley, chef Peta Mathias and many more.
It is part of a project developed by a group of AUT students to raise awareness about diabetes, particularly among young New Zealanders.
“This website is all about showing younger New Zealanders how to live a healthy lifestyle,” says Catherine Slogrove, one of five communication students in the team.
“It is a fun and interactive way to connect with young people in their language and on their terms,” she says.
Diabetes NZ Auckland hopes raising awareness of the condition among the next generation will curb the rapidly increasing number of people developing diabetes every year.
General manager John Denton says health researchers predict that by 2020 more than half a million New Zealanders will have diabetes.
“It is our largest health problem and we urgently need to take action to break the cycle of the disease within our communities,” Mr Denton says.
On the website there is a quick and easy test so that people of all ages can get an idea of their level of risk for getting diabetes.
Diabetes NZ Auckland provides support and education to people with diabetes and their families. The organisation receives no government funding and is financed entirely by donations from the public.
For more information visit the website www. diabetesconnect.org.nz.