What would you do if you had the chance to reverse a disease that threatened the majority of your community?
Local residents can grab that opportunity with both hands at a free Diabetes Forum hosted by not-for-profit group Healthy Living Toongabbie Incorporated (HLT Inc.) at the Toongabbie Sports and Bowling Club on Thursday, 19 September, from 5.30-8.30pm.
HLT Inc. president Monica Boules said attendees will receive expert health advice from Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) and Diabetes NSW & ACT, as well as from a range of specialists who can help the community beat type 2 diabetes together.
“The risk and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in our community is a huge concern,” Monica said.
“We now know, from diabetes testing in Toongabbie General Practices, that 18 per cent of those tested have type 2 diabetes and 23 percent have pre-diabetes.
“However, we don’t have to sit back and watch this happen to the people we love – by raising awareness of this very real threat and by sharing information about how to beat the condition, we can help each other achieve a healthier and happier future.”
In addition to expert speakers, guests will have access to a range of information including free exercise classes, physiotherapy and multicultural health services in western Sydney.
WSD director Professor Glen Maberly, who will attend the forum to answer questions from the public, praised the organisers for making diabetes awareness and prevention everybody’s business.
“The Healthy Living Toongabbie group has evolved out of a group of leaders in the community who are committed to informing and inspiring others to beat the diabetes odds,” Prof Maberly said.
Bridgeview Medical Practice GP, Dr Thava Seelan is one of the co-chairs of the forum and urges the community to seize the opportunity to change their lives.
“We hope to see residents invest in their own health future by filling every seat at the forum,” Dr Seelan said.
When: Thursday 19 September, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Toongabbie Sports and Bowling Club, 12 Station Rd, Toongabbie
RSVP: www.healthlivingtoongabbie.org or call Monica Boules on 0404 633 629.
WSLHD invests approximately $2 million annually on tackling obesity, and $1.5 million for the Western Sydney Diabetes initiative.