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    Oct 09 2014

    Life Champion

    Interviewing a Life! Program Participant

    Recently one our Life! Participants was named a Life! Champion by Diabetes Australia Victoria. This is her interview which is also posted on the Life! Program website www.diabeteslife.org.au

    Karen

    “Participating in the Life! program has enabled me to bring about significant lifestyle change. It really isn’t difficult and I’d recommend it to anybody.”

    Despite having already lost some weight before embarking on the Life! program, Karen realised that it was time for some concerted action. “I had high blood pressure and had been told I was pre-diabetic. Plus, quite a few people in my family had had heart disease.”

    Yet, despite her awareness of the necessity of doing something, Karen wasn’t keen when her doctor recommended the Life! program to her. “‘Oh no,’ I said, ‘not another weight-loss program’. But the doctor was insistent that it was far from that, so I gave it a go – and I’m very glad I did.”

    Karen found that taking the group option was beneficial. “I think being part of a group ultimately means that you get more out of the program. It isn’t always easy, sharing things with strangers, especially in the beginning, but it gets much easier in time and the group provides real support.”

    She also found that the Life! program’s emphasis on raising participants’ awareness of healthy options was one that suited her. “I’ve been a weight-loss counsellor myself and I had a long history as a calorie-counter, but that hadn’t been working for me. The problem with counting calories is that it’s easy to reach your daily allowance without having eaten nutritiously. On the Life! program we took a different approach, which was to focus simply on eating healthily.

    “I found that learning how to read food labels was amazingly helpful. I now know exactly what I’m buying – food labelling can be a tricky business, and it isn’t easy to make good choices if you don’t know what to watch out for. Going on the Life! program taught me all about that, and I think that that, plus adding more fibre to my diet, was crucial. My success was nothing to do with counting calories and going without – it was everything to do with applying what I learnt and making small changes.”

    Karen has put what she learnt on the Life! program to impressively positive effect. “So far I’ve lost 27kg, and my blood pressure has returned to normal. I’ve also been told that I’m no longer pre-diabetic.

    “I love leading a more active life. I set up a walking group and I’ve just started a social group with an emphasis on walking. Going on the Life! program set me off in a very positive direction and I would encourage anyone to do it.”

    Aug 07 2014

    A trip to Parliament house

    A fun day out with our politicians

    It was great to chat to our local MP Ben Carroll and Health Minister Hon David Davis during a Diabetes Risk Screening at Parliament House today. 2 million Australians are at high risk of diabetes - why not take the online risk test to determine how likely you are to develop this condition at http://www.lifeprogram.org.au/life/online-test

    Jun 04 2014

    Life! Program at EFRH

     

    EFRH is proud to be a provider of Diabetes Australia's Life! Program. Our Senior Exercise Physiologist, Nicole French, has been facilitating programs since the initial roll out of the program in Victoria in 2008.  

    How can Life! Program help me?

    Studies show it's possible to prevent type 2 diabetes and greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke by improving your diet and being more active. It has been proven that making these lifestyle changes has a long-term positive effect on your health. Through her efforts she and her team have assisted more than 700 individuals to take control of their lifestyles through healthy eating, exercise and goal-setting, to empower them to make sustainable changes that help to prevent chronic disease.

    Upcoming Life! Group Course's at EFRH

    We currently have two upcoming Life! group courses at our clinic, scheduled on weeknights and weekends to ensure times that suit you. Although it's in a group environment, we still offer an individualised approach - our team will work with you to create a customised plan to change your lifestyle to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

    Visit our Life! Program page to read more and download eligibility criteria and referral information, or visit Diabetes Australia. Check our upcoming course dates for a session that suits you.