Choos­ing change bat­tles di­a­betes

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A new nu­tri­tion and ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme could help im­prove the health of people at risk of di­a­betes.

The Choose Change pro­gramme sup­ports people who have been di­ag­nosed as pre-di­a­betic or with Type 2 di­a­betes by pro­vid­ing them with a per­son­alised plan, which in­cludes goal set­ting, nu­tri­tion ad­vice and ex­er­cise op­tions.

Par­tic­i­pants’ progress will then be mon­i­tored over a six-month pe­riod.

The Har­bour Sport Trust has been awarded a $500,000 con­tract to run the pro­gramme, health min­is­ter Tony Ryall says.

The trust is part­ner­ing with Sport Auck­land, Sport Waitakere and Coun­ties Manukau Sport to deliver it.

‘‘The pro­gramme is very com­pre­hen­sive,’’ Ryall says.

‘‘It will give people the tools to make pos­i­tive changes to their life­style and take con­trol of their own health.’’

It will run from July for 12 months to al­low for three six­month pro­grammes to be de­liv­ered to about 240 people across Auck­land.

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