Free di­a­betes health screen­ing in Bright and Myrtle­ford

Myrtleford Times - - News -

NEARLY 60 per cent of Type 2 Di­a­betes can be pre­vented by main­tain­ing a healthy weight, be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive and fol­low­ing a healthy eat­ing plan.

This is why Alpine Health’s Health Pro­mo­tion Of­fi­cer, Mau­reen Ry­land, is con­duct­ing free Di­a­betes Risk screen­ing days to co­in­cide with World Di­a­betes Day.

Bright screen­ings will take place Novem­ber 27 and Myrtle­ford Novem­ber 29.

Lo­cals can have their like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes as­sessed by un­der­tak­ing a short risk as­sess­ment.

No blood tests are needed; just a few ques­tions and the risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes can be cal­cu­lated.

Those at risk of Type 2 Di­a­betes are el­i­gi­ble to at­tend the “Life! Help­ing you Pre­vent Di­a­betes, Heart Dis­ease & Stroke Pro­gram” that Alpine Health will be run­ning in each town in 2019.

“This life­style pro­gram will help in­di­vid­u­als un­der­stand and im­prove their nu­tri­tion and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity habits in a safe, sup­port­ive group en­vi­ron­ment that is proven to be highly ef­fec­tive in help­ing peo­ple make pos­i­tive changes in their diet and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity habits,” Ms Ry­land said.

For peo­ple who are not able to at­tend a group pro­gram, Di­a­betes Aus­tralia-Vic­to­ria also of­fers tele­phone coach­ing as an al­ter­na­tive.

Look for Mau­reen on Novem­ber 27 out­side Bright Phar­macy, 18 Ire­land Street Bright from 10.00am to 12.00noon

She will then also be out­side the Myrtle­ford Phar­macy 43 Clyde Street, Myrtle­ford on Novem­ber 29 from the same times.

If you are un­able to at­tend and are in­ter­ested in be­ing as­sessed or in the Life! Help­ing you Pre­vent Di­a­betes, Heart Dis­ease & Stroke Pro­gram con­tact Mau­reen Ry­land on 5755 0133.

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