Media releases

VU exercise professionals gear up to tackle community diabetes

Victoria University exercise science staff and students are among the first Victorian health professionals to be trained in a new Australian Diabetes Council (ADC) program targeting people with, or at risk of diabetes or other chronic conditions.

'Beat It!' is a train-the-trainer program that teaches health professionals effective ways to combine physical activity with lifestyle change education to address the Type 2 diabetes epidemic in Melbourne's west.

Recent ADC data show the prevalence of diabetes in the west is up to one in seven compared to the Victorian average of one in 30.

VU will begin to offer low cost 12-week programs to the community at VU's Footscray Park Campus early next year once the 10 staff and students in VU's Exercise Rehabilitation unit who are being trained this week receive their accreditation.   

VU School of Sport and Exercise Science Lecturer Tuire Karahajurju-Huisman said the Beat It! program was one of the most unique programs for diabetes prevention and management because it focused on motivation and goal-setting as well as progressive resistance and aerobic training.

The media are invited to attend an exercise testing session featuring VU staff and students training as Beat It! instructors.

When: Wednesday 15 December 2010

Where: Room E304 (Bldg E), Footscray Park Campus,   Victoria University

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm

Contact:
Tuire Karahajurju-Huisman
Lecturer, Clinic Exercise Science
School of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University
Phone:  (03) 9919 -9585
Email:
tuire.karaharju-huisman@vu.edu.au

Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Communications Officer
Marketing
and Communications Department, Victoria University
Phone: (03) 9919 5487
Mobile: 0403 556 001
Email:
annmarie.angebrandt@vu.edu.au  

See all media releases