Take Steps For Diabetes

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8th July 2009, 02:02pm - Views: 458
Take Steps for Diabetes

What: The release of Newspoll data today showing that 60 per
cent of Victorians do not know and 76 per cent do not do the recommended
amount of physical activity for good health.
(Australian Physical Activity Guidelines).

The launch of the new Take steps for diabetes campaign. Join the walking parade including Nordic walkers, bush walkers, treadmill walkers and silly walkers to the tune of the Australian Youth Band. We are launching National Diabetes Week (1218 July) by demonstrating all forms of walking as cheap and easy ways to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

When: 11am Sunday 12 July 2009

Where: Federation Square Melbourne

Why: In Victoria there are over 210,000 people diagnosed with
diabetes and 450 new cases registering every week. For every one person
diagnosed there is another not yet diagnosed. There are an estimated
700,000 with prediabetes.

Features of the launch
* The launch of the new Take steps for diabetes campaign
* Latest Newspoll research revealed
* Fitness guru Sue Stanley will get the crowd moving
* High profile Melburnian John Blackman will MC the launch
* Walking activities and diabetes information for the whole family


The following speakers are available for interview:
* Adjunct Professor Greg Johnson Diabetes Australia Vic CEO has a particular interest in the management, awareness and prevention of diabetes and is a passionate advocate for people with diabetes.
* Professor Neville Owen Professor of Health Behaviour at Queensland University and Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Centre in the School of Population Health has new research showing the dangers of sedentary lifestyles.
* Kerrie Beitzel turned her life around by incorporating walking into her fitness routine. She often walks with a friend for motivation. She is reducing her risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
* John Makaronis walks regularly to manage his diabetes

For more information:

Lyn Curtis
0411 019 924


Phoebe Bond
0411 313 840

SOURCE: Diabetes Australia VIC
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