Diabetes WA is excited to announce the availability of a new dedicated physical activity and exercise service specifically tailored for people living with diabetes – the first of its kind in Western Australia.
Working in collaboration with Marian Brennan, an accredited exercise physiologist and credentialled diabetes educator, the newly formed Perth Physical Activity & Diabetes Institute (PPADI) will offer services to support the unique requirements of people living with diabetes when starting a new exercise program, changing diabetes treatment regime or just wanting to better understand and self-manage physical activity and diabetes goals.
Physical activity and planned exercise benefits people with diabetes in many ways including lowering blood pressure, improving blood glucose levels, improving how insulin works, reducing stress and boosting overall fitness and both physical and mental wellbeing. It is an essential component of diabetes management which can also decrease the risk of diabetes complications in the long term.
“As an exercise physiologist, I have a comprehensive understanding of exercise prescription and programming to facilitate physical activity while considering co-existing chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, obesity, and musculoskeletal injury management and prevention,” Marian explained.
“I take an entirely person-centred, non-judgemental approach with all clients, firmly believing that each person living with diabetes possesses their own valuable experience and knowledge of their condition, which is fundamental to the success of their diabetes management.”
“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to enjoy an active lifestyle but living with a chronic condition can make it more difficult to enjoy and engage in physical activity. This is where PPADI can make the difference. Diabetes is a unique journey for each individual, and for that reason, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to physical activity and diabetes management. We get that.”
PPADI will also offer event-specific coaching for people living with diabetes (from beginners to seasoned athletes) who are training to participate in endurance events. Marian has experience in endurance running, cycling, open water swimming, triathlon (from Sprint to Ironman distance) and is ready to work with you to achieve your next physical activity endeavour with consideration of your diabetes management.
“The launch of this new dedicated diabetes and exercise service is incredibly exciting,” commented Sophie McGough, General Manager of Growth & Innovation at Diabetes WA.
“It means that individually tailored, diabetes-specific expertise on physical activity is now within reach for all Western Australians living with diabetes, either in person or via telehealth of those living in remote or regional areas. We want to encourage people to get moving and active, but it’s important to get the right advice when beginning an exercise program.”
The timing of the new PPADI service launch coincides with national Exercise Right Week, an annual awareness campaign highlighting the benefits of exercise for health and well-being.
Exercise Right Week starts on Monday 24 May and is managed by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA is the peak body for exercise and sports science professionals in Australia and is dedicated to helping Australians live healthier and more active lives.