Diabetes Qld Needs Your Help

by Ted Sorensen

Volunteers needed to help the health of Hervey Bay

You can make a difference to the lives of people in Hervey Bay by helping them reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Queensland is encouraging people to volunteer to help raise awareness of type 2 diabetes and how to prevent or delay the condition through the Know the score program.

Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia, with more than 60 Queenslanders diagnosed every day. This rate is expected to triple across Australia by 2025.

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said type 2 diabetes is having a major impact on the Hervey Bay area so the organisation is recruiting volunteers to help them educate others.

“The free program is presented by committed volunteers who are passionate about championing the type 2 diabetes prevention message at a grass-roots level,” Ms Trute said.

"It excites me that people want to see change in their community and are willing to take the action to achieve it."

A free one-day training workshop will be held on 27 March at the Hervey Bay Community Centre, 22 Charles Street, Hervey Bay from 9am to 4pm. The workshop will provide volunteers the skills and knowledge needed to deliver the program.

Diabetes Queensland is encouraging those who can communicate well with others, are confident public speakers and have good time management skills to apply.  

Register your interest for the one-day workshop by contacting Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588 or by emailing knowthescore@diabetesqld.org.au by Wednesday 18 March.

More information about Know the score is available at diabetesqld.org.au.

Media contact: Liam Ferney 0448 130 925

Editor’s note: Type 1 diabetes is not preventable. Type 2 diabetes is known as a lifestyle condition which can often be prevented or delayed through regular physical activity, a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

Follow Diabetes Queensland on Twitter: @diabetesqld

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