Fun, learn­ing at di­a­betes fam­ily day

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

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.

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Chil­dren have fun rid­ing the be­gin­ner’s track put to­gether by Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua.

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Yvonne Rogers dished up a healthy boil-up and rewena bread for peo­ple to en­joy.

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