Fun, learning at diabetes family day
Education and fun went hand-inhand for Rotorua families at an event about awareness and fundraising for diabetes.
The World Diabetes Wha¯ nau Day was held at the Village Green, a collaboration of local health services and recreational providers.
Diabetes NZ Rotorua branch manager Karen Reed says the afternoon went well, with perfect weather and spot prizes.
“There were lots of fun activities for the kids — the tug of war seemed to be a favourite.
“Yvonne Rogers’ healthy boil up and rewena bread were a huge hit with people.”
She says 20 people were tested for diabetes and four cases of prediabetes were detected.
“It was a great opportunity for people to learn more about diabetes and healthy living in a relaxed and fun environment.
“It has been good to help increase the profile of our organisation. We want the community to know that we are here for information and support for all the wha¯ nau.”
Karen says the organisation wants people to be more aware of diabetes and its effects.
She says diabetes affects about 6000 people in the Lakes District Health Board area and one in four adults are thought to have prediabetes.
“Type 2 is reaching epidemic levels and threatens to cripple our health system in the future if we don’t do something to stem the tide.
“Awareness, early diagnosis and people understanding the need to make changes to their lifestyles are key if we are to make a difference in our community.”
Sport Bay of Plenty recreation adviser Lauren Atkinson says more than 150 people attended.
“It was a great opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes, and encourage families to have a go at a range of different activities and learn more about healthy living and the benefits of being active.”
Highlight of the day was seeing children get involved and try new activities, like riding the beginner’s track put together by Mountain Bike Rotorua, boxing at a Waikite Gym class in the park, challenging each other in the tug-of-war and All About Me wha¯ nau fitness sessions.
Lauren says the day was a fun way to combine physical activities with education.
“Families were able to spend some quality time together, get active and have fun.
Children have fun riding the beginner’s track put together by Mountain Bike Rotorua.
Yvonne Rogers dished up a healthy boil-up and rewena bread for people to enjoy.