MANY Australians pledge to lose weight and get healthy as part of our new year’s resolution, only to find unhealthy habits creeping back in again by February.
Being overweight and or obese is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and with close to three million Victorian adults now categorised as overweight or obese, it’s important to act now to reduce your risk.
Being active and eating nutritious and balanced meals are just some of the changes people can make to reduce their risk, although making lifestyle changes is not easy to do on your own.
“Many people do not know where to start or are confused by conflicting health information,” said Diabetes Victoria chief executive Craig Bennett.
“This is where the Life! program comes in. Life! is a free, evidence-based program that helps Victorians reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
Participants can choose to do a group course in their local area or telephone health coaching and are supported by health professionals to learn more about nutrition, being physically active, sleep, stress and managing lapses.
Since 2007, over 50,000 Victorians have commenced the Life! program. Funded by the Victorian government and managed by Diabetes Victoria, it is the largest prevention program of its type in Australia.
For more information on program eligibility and to check your risk of type 2 diabetes, visit lifeprogram.org.au