Diabetics in Oxford receive some good news with the extension of Oxford City Council’s GO Active, Get Healthy campaign which helps to support residents with diabetes to manage their health.
A funding boost from the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) has enabled Oxford City Council, in partnership with other councils and the charity Active Oxfordshire, to design a modified GO Active, Get Healthy programme for lockdown. Given that more than 7,000 people in Oxford live with diabetes, getting our residents moving more is especially important. The programme features 6 months of telephone support to help participants build confidence with physical activity, make personal goals for moving more, and discover the variety of ways they can incorporate movement into their everyday lives.
The GO Active, Get Healthy programme also provides:
- Access to Exi, the physical activity app which creates bespoke 12-week exercise plans along with step per day goals and activity sessions which can be completed at home
- Contact with the Diabetes Education Team and other providers to make sure that participants have access to a wide range of support options
- A ‘Home Exercise Pack’ which, with simple pieces of equipment such as a pedometer and resistance bands, and a newly created workbook, provides the opportunity for everyone to increase their physical activity at home
Those with type two diabetes and high blood sugar levels can be at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus. However, physical activity can support better diabetes control and reduce this risk, along with other positive benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, and supporting weight loss. The GO Active, Get Healthy campaign ensures that diabetes patients are aware of the range of physical activities available to them
As the country transitions out of lockdown, GO Active looks forward to reinstating their community health walks, local activity sessions, and once again work with Fusion Lifestyle to support people on the programme to discover new ways of moving more.
“I am delighted that our GO Active, Get Healthy campaign has received further funding. Diabetes can be a life-limiting condition but getting more active and achieving a healthy weight really helps. That is why I am encouraging any residents with type 2 diabetes to sign up for the programme. Exercise is incredibly beneficial for people with long term health conditions and can really help to reduce the impact these conditions have on daily life. GO Active, Get Healthy will make sure that everyone has the resources they need to move more and improve their health. It is difficult to get started, but don’t feel helpless, you are not alone - we can tailor these programmes to work at a level that is right for you. ”
Councillor Louise Upton, Cabinet Member for a Safer, Healthy Oxford
Type-2 diabetes sufferers are encouraged to fill in the diabetes enquiry form on the GO Active, Get Healthy webpage. A member of the team will be in touch to explore how they can help the individual reach their goals.