National Diabetes Week 2022

National Diabetes Week 2022

The team from Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) will spend a week at Blacktown Workers Club next week promoting diabetes awareness and prevention for National Diabetes Week (July 10-16).

For the third year, National Diabetes Week’s (July 10-16) ‘Heads Up on Diabetes’ campaign focuses on challenging diabetes-related stigma.

But western Sydney is a diabetes hotspot with disease rates higher than the NSW average, so WSD will focus on highlighting the high rates of type 2 diabetes in our region and how we can prevent it.

Western Sydney Diabetes is a collaborative initiative led by Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WentWest), PwC, Diabetes NSW&ACT and Department of Planning and Environment to address the Western Sydney diabetes hotspot.

WSD Primary Prevention Manager Janine Dawson and eEngagement and Education Manager Heloise Tolar with the sugar cabinet, which will be on display at the Club to show how much sugar is actually in some of our favourite foods.

From July 11 to 15, WSD staff will be in the foyer of the club to talk to members and their guests about diabetes and provide information on diabetes prevention, and present Feltman, a diabetes education tool. 

From 9am-4pm, the team will be joined by community groups which promote healthy living and eating, including Hearing Australia and Blacktown Council, which will also run a free yoga session for people with diabetes on Friday at 10am.

At 11am each day, an expert will deliver a presentation:

·       Monday, July 11: WSD Director and Senior Endocrinologist Professor Glen Maberly will speak about how to manage and reduce your risk of developing diabetes;

·       Tuesday, July 12: Donalee Rose from Hearing Australia will talk about the impact of diabetes on hearing;

·       Wednesday, July 13: WSD Primary Prevention Manager Janine Dawson will discuss diabetes prevention and the resources available;

·       Thursday, July 14: WSD Dietitian Victoria Silvestro will discuss diet and diabetes prevention; and

·       Friday, July 15: Blacktown Optometrist Joe Nazarian and Lilly Psomadelis from Sight For All will speak on diabetes’ impact on sight.

WSD staff will be encouraging adults visiting the club to get a HbA1c blood test if they:

·       Have family history of diabetes;

·       Have an inactive lifestyle;

·       Are overweight or obese; 

·       Had diabetes during a pregnancy;

·       Are 45 years old or older; and

·       Have a Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent, Asian, South Asian, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background.

“Once you know you have diabetes you need to make sure you are getting regular HbA1c tests and working with your GP to ensure you are using the most up to date medications and keeping your blood sugars under control,” Prof Maberly said.

“But you can prevent diabetes if you act early, simply through increased physical activity, a healthy diet and losing weight.

Group CEO, Morgan Stewart, said Blacktown Workers Club Group is committed to working with WSD to help prevent diabetes and its progression in the community.

“We will be supporting initiatives that encourage healthy eating, active living and social cohesion,” Mr Stewart said. 

WSD Primary Prevention Manager Janine Dawson said WSD is delighted to partner with the club to highlight what the community can do to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

“There are a great many local resources and programs that Blacktown residents can take advantage of to get fit and healthy,” Ms Dawson said.

“We’re looking forward to making more of the visitors to the club aware of these options, with the aim that everyone will find something that they will enjoy doing.”


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