A fun day for wha¯ nau

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

A day packed with fun, fundrais­ing, frol­ick­ing and wha¯ nau is be­ing held for World Di­a­betes Day in Ro­torua.

World Di­a­betes Wha¯ nau Day is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of lo­cal health ser­vices and recre­ational providers.

Sport Bay of Plenty re­cre­ation ad­viser Lau­ren Atkin­son says there will be a teddy bears’ pic­nic and a fundrais­ing raf­fle for Di­a­betes Ro­torua.

Waikite Gym and All About Me Well­ness will be host­ing group fit­ness ses­sions at 4.15pm and 5.30pm.

There will also be a range of drop-in, fun games any­one can get in­volved in, in­clud­ing tug-of-war, egg and spoon races, three-legged races and po­tato sack races.

Te Papa Takoro o Te Arawa will be host­ing tra­di­tional sport games from 3.50pm to 6pm, and Bay of Plenty Rugby will be there with their un­der 19 cham­pi­ons to play fun games with the crowd.

The Heart Foun­da­tion, Di­a­betes Ro­torua, Sport Bay of Plenty, Korowai Aroha and In­stinc­tive Fit­ness will also be at the event to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on healthy food choices and ideas to get ac­tive.

Par­tic­i­pants can also have a go on a moun­tain bike with Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua, make their own smoothie with the Cy­way team’s smoothie bike and learn how to cook a healthy boil up.

Food stalls from Lions Groups Ro­torua and Ka Pai Kai will also be avail­able.

“There re­ally is some­thing for the whole wha¯ nau so come on down and check it out.”

Lau­ren says the aim is to cel­e­brate World Di­a­betes Day with a theme of how di­a­betes af­fects the whole fam­ily.

“We wanted to cre­ate an event where those who are im­pacted by this dis­ease, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, can come to­gether to learn about healthy eat­ing prac­tices, get ac­tive with a range of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity op­tions and sim­ply have a fun af­ter­noon.”

Ro­torua’s Daniel Phillips was di­ag­nosed with Type 2 di­a­betes in Oc­to­ber 1997.

He says hav­ing events like the Wha¯ nau Day is im­por­tant be­cause the se­crecy around di­a­betes needs to change.

“Peo­ple will talk about can­cer but peo­ple won’t talk about di­a­betes and we need to talk about it, Ma¯ ori peo­ple es­pe­cially.” He en­cour­ages peo­ple to go along and learn more.

He now goes aqua jog­ging for an hour three times a week.

“My ad­vice to peo­ple is it’s okay to talk about it. If we don’t talk about it, we won’t know about it.

“It’s okay to talk about di­a­betes. It’s okay to ask your chil­dren why they are sickly and take them to the doc­tor. Type 1 af­fects chil­dren.”

Di­a­betes Ro­torua Branch man­ager Karen Reed says di­a­betes af­fects about 6000 peo­ple in the Lakes Dis­trict Health Board area and one in four adults are thought to have pre-di­a­betes.

She en­cour­ages peo­ple to come along in sup­port of Di­a­betes NZ, to learn more about di­a­betes, see what your risk of di­a­betes is and get tested if you are at high risk.

“Plus, learn about how healthy kai and ac­tiv­ity can help pre­vent di­a­betes and its com­pli­ca­tions.”

Karen says aware­ness of di­a­betes is im­por­tant be­cause ev­ery­one is at risk.

“Know­ing your risk of Type 2 di­a­betes can help re­duce the im­pact.

“Un­der­stand­ing the dif­fer­ences be­tween Type 1 and Type 2 di­a­betes, and know­ing the signs and symp­toms, helps to en­sure that di­a­betes is picked up early.”

Photo / Ben Fraser

Ro­torua’s Daniel Phillips at the Ro­torua Aquatic Cen­tre where he does aqua jog­ging.

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