In­ter­ac­tive web­site ben­e­fits di­a­bet­ics

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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.

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