Healthy habits to kick diabetes

01 Apr 2015

Tackling the diabetes epidemic in western Sydney has ramped up, prompting Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) to invite families to participate in a free healthy lifestyle program.

Go4Fun is a course for children aged 7-13 years to help them lead a healthy life.

Christine Newman, deputy director Population Health at WSLHD says our aim is to help young people form healthy habits early and ultimately slow down the progression of diabetes.

"Western Sydney is an area where levels of diabetes ae of concern," says Ms Newman.

"There is an incidence rate of 14.2 per cent compared to the national average of 10.6 per cent.

"It is a serious chronic disease and being overweight is a major risk factor.

"By participating in Go4Fun, we’re hoping young people can fight off their chances of getting ill by living a healthier life, she says.

"We’re very keen on working with families who have a history of diabetes."

Nearly 1000 western Sydney families have already participated in the 10-week Go4Fun program.

Young people attend with a patient or guardian and enjoy fun and interactive games, obtain healthy eating advice, attend a supermarket excursion and undertake goal setting exercises.

"We’re seeing huge improvements in their weight, activity levels, nutrition habits and self-esteem," says Christine.

Term 2 bookings for Go4Fun are now open, with programs commencing on Monday April 20. Sessions are available on weekdays and weekends at suburbs across western Sydney.

Places are limited so register today by calling 1800 780 900 or visit go4fun.com.au