Fernwood pitches in for diabetes day

By Sarah Stowe | 29 Oct 2015 View comments

On World Diabetes Day (14 November) franchised Fernwood WomenÕs Health Clubs are encouraging women to take a serious look at their health and lifestyle and assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is the result of a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent developing it by following a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, making healthy food choices and reducing the size of their waistline.

Nic Linford, FernwoodÕs weight loss expert says womenÕs waist measurement is the best indicator of risk. “If a womanÕs waist measures 80 cm or more you are at an increased risk, and if it measures 90 cm or more you are in the highest risk category for developing type 2 diabetes. Making some small changes to the foods you choose can have a big impact on your waistline and your overall health and wellbeing.”

The Fernwood Slimplicity weight loss program is designed to help women make sustainable, healthy choices and provides members with ongoing support and education. “We understand that many people find it difficult to start a new exercise program, especially those who have never been active before or who have health problems. We all find excuses not to more active but the girls are at Fernwood are here to make the first step a lot easier,” Linford said.