More than 250,000 New Zealanders live with diabetes, and another 50 are diagnosed every day.
The focus of Diabetes Action Month is to encourage New Zealanders to be aware of the risk factors associated with diabetes, and take action to reduce risk by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
The national campaign coincides with the launch of an online calculator designed to score your risk of developing diabetes according to a range of hereditary and lifestyle factors.
The calculator can’t tell whether you have diabetes, but it does identify risk factors that you can minimise by making healthier food choices and engaging in regular exercise.
Throughout November, the Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service van will travel the length of the country. Check out the tour dates and venues and drop by to find out your risk for diabetes, receive a giveaway pack, and try some fun activities.
The campaign will culminate on 28 November with a day of fun, physical activities as nearly 40 recreational facilities and gyms throughout New Zealand celebrate Fitbit MoveMeant Day. Make sure you find a gym near you and make the most of the free exercise sessions on offer.
To learn more about diabetes, or to find services and support groups in your area, visit the Diabetes New Zealand website or phone 0800 DIABETES (0800 342 238). You can also find information and advice at any Life Unlimited (now known as Your Way | Kia Roha) Store.
During the month of November, we have a special on Merino Comfort Socks – were $22, now only $20. These socks have a soft, non-restrictive top and are ideal for those living with diabetes, or who experience fluid retention and circulation problems.