Three out of five Victorians are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s why Kelly McLean from Cobram District Health is encouraging people to get behind Life!’s newest campaign.
It encourages people to tell 10 others about a free online risk test, AUSDRISK, to find out if they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The test is simple and only takes three minutes to do.
‘‘The symptoms may not always be obvious, so it is important to check your risk. The good news is that once you know you can do something about it,’’ Ms McLean said.
Funded by the Victorian Government and delivered by Diabetes Victoria, the Life! program is a free lifestyle modification program which helps participants reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The program helps give people the motivation and support needed to adopt healthy behaviours and a more active lifestyle.
It is the largest prevention program for individuals at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke currently under way in Australia.
The program is delivered as either a group course or an individual telephone health coaching service, depending on participants’ preferences and needs.
Life! is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and Ms McLean is a Life! program facilitator.
‘‘Whether it’s family, friends, co-workers or members of groups you are in, telling 10 people you know is the best way we can spread the word about checking your risk and taking the first steps to achieving a healthier lifestyle,’’ she said.
‘‘If people learn that they are at high risk, we are here to help.’’
Diabetes Victoria chief executive Craig Bennett said the Life! program had accumulated some impressive statistics.
‘‘More than 74000 Victorians have undertaken a risk assessment and more than 48000 have commenced the program,’’ Mr Bennett said.
‘‘More than 150 community-based health professionals are now active in prevention delivery and almost 90 organisations across Victoria have committed staff and resources to provide prevention services.’’
●Go to lifeprogram.org.au or phone 13RISK (137475) for information on the Life! program.