Exercise and wellbeing activities in the community aim to help prevent diabetes and improve general health
Patients who are at risk of developing diabetes are being encouraged to try out gentle exercise at a Health and Wellbeing morning being held in Pontyclun Rugby Club on Tuesday March 10.
The free event, which is being led by Old School Surgery in Pontyclun and local housing group, RHA Wales, will include taster sessions on yoga, relaxation and exercise at a gentle pace.
The morning, which will begin at 10am, is part of the BeActive programme which aims to improve health and increase active lifestyles by offering easy to access, fun activities throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taf area.
Old School Surgery is hoping to refer pre-diabetic patients to the session as well as encourage others to attend to improve their general health.
Pre-diabetes means a higher than normal blood sugar level but not high enough to be called as diabetes.
According to Diabetes UK, around 7 million people in the UK are estimated to have pre-diabetes which if isn’t treated can lead to type 2 diabetes.
However, pre-diabetes is reversible and lifestyle changes such as taking up exercise and diet can make a big difference.
Dr Paula Varma, who works at Old School Surgery, said, “Diabetes is a growing problem affecting many people but a change to diet and taking regular exercise can help to prevent it developing in people who are showing signs of the condition.
“In addition it is known that exercise is social and fun, it improves self-esteem, stress and depression as well as boosting energy and promoting good sleep. Weight control is an added bonus and we hope that this taster session will be the start of improved physical and mental health for our community.”
The health and wellbeing taster session is open to all ages and abilities, and will also include the opportunity to sign up to free six week health and wellbeing courses in the community.
Steph Duffy, Health and Wellbeing Officer at RHA, who is organising the taster session said, “There are so many benefits to taking up gentle exercise. We talk a lot about ‘health body, healthy mind’ and joining something like a yoga or relaxation class can really help to make a positive difference.
“Not only does it help to build strength, fitness and balance, it’s really fun and you get to meet like-minded people in your community who are looking to try something new and improve their health.”
Other activities are also currently available in the area to help anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing including;
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the range of professionals in the community who can help patients without the need to go to the GP.
To join the Health and Wellbeing taster session on March 10 please contact Steph Duffy on 01443 424272.
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