Diabetes NSW’s Living Well With Diabetes event was held before a sell-out audience in Sydney’s West last Saturday, highlighting the growing prevalence of diabetes and the community’s increasing need for education and support.
More than 350 members of Diabetes NSW attended the gathering at Rydges in Parramatta, listening to vital tips about maintaining a healthy mind by leading psychologist Dr Janine Clarke as well as presentations by other health experts, who captivated the audience with interactive exercises and key information about nutrition.
To top it off, Diabetic Living’s food editor Alison Roberts held a live cooking demonstration, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats with a scrumptious repertoire.
Earlier in the morning Diabetes NSW CEO Sturt Eastwood spoke live on ABC’s Weekend Breakfast Show about the dangers of neglecting the emotional impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and about the organisation’s year-long campaign, Diabetes and a Healthy Mind, which reminds people living with diabetes to look after their mental wellbeing as well as their physical health.
Plenty of positive feedback was received from the day with the majority of attendees saying they were very satisfied with the information presented at the event.“I found it very helpful, encouraging and instructive – I’ve had diabetes for a while, and it’s under good control but it was a great refresher in how to deal with it on my own,” said Diabetes NSW Member Janet Marsh.
“I really liked Dr Janine Clarke’s presentation because it was very real, very-down to earth and very encouraging,” she said.
Robin Forrester joined Ms Marsh on the day as a guest and also found the information helpful and motivating.
“It was a well-planned event packed with helpful information,” said Mrs Forrester.
“I really enjoyed the presentation by the exercise physiologist who presented it simply and clearly for people who may not know how to do the exercises, and it was also motivating,” she said.