Can you help spread the word on diabetes diagnosis?
A CHARITY is asking people in Buckinghamshire to become volunteers to help spread the word about early diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
The Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle volunteers will be responsible for raising awareness of diabetes and organising and speaking at local community events to promote the importance of adopting a healthy way of life to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.
The volunteers will be fully trained to attend upcoming events such as the Diabetes UK and Tesco ‘Know your Risk’ roadshow events across the region where they will assess members of the public and help them find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes UK South East Regional Manager Jill Steaton said: “Our charity is working hard to stem the rising tide of Type 2 diabetes by helping people to find out their risk so they can do something about it and to ensure that people with the condition get the earliest possible diagnosis. Four out of five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be stopped or delayed by eating a healthy diet, taking regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.
“Type 2 diabetes is serious and can lead to devastating complications, such as heart disease, stroke and blindness, if not diagnosed early enough or managed effectively.
“The Healthy Lifestyle volunteer role in Buckinghamshire is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to the health of the community by encouraging the public to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and live healthier, longer lives.
“The role will also provide support, information and advice to those already living with diabetes.”
Volunteers will be asked to commit to organising a minimum of four healthy lifestyle talks a year.
The closing date for applications September 30.
Volunteers will need to attend an interview in early October.
If you are interested in being a Healthy Lifestyle Volunteer for Diabetes UK call 01372 720 148 or email south.east@ diabetes.org.uk.