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Getting fitter with Fitbit and Diabetes UK: Toddy's story


Toddy is a single mum of three from southern England, who has embarked on a 16-week programme with Fitbit. She's working towards a healthier and more active lifestyle after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Toddy’s part of the south Asian community, so she had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately she also has a family history of the condition. Toddy’s mother and father both had type 2 diabetes, and her brother has also more recently been diagnosed.

Toddy developed gestational diabetes during her third pregnancy, which put her at an increased risk of developing type 2. She was diagnosed with type 2 in May 2021. 

After working from home and balancing home-schooling over the past year and a half, Toddy has found it harder to find the time for herself to exercise, cook healthy meals and keep on top of her general wellbeing. 

In July 2021, Toddy joined forces with Diabetes UK and Fitbit to help her deal with her diagnosis. Armed with a Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Premium, Toddy has been able to track her health habits. By being more aware of her activity levels, nutrition, sleep, and stress, she can work on better managing her health. 

Working with the London Diabetes Centre and Juggy Sidhu, The Indian Bodycoach, Toddy is also getting personal training, health consultations and specialist coaching to help her with managing her condition and feeling healthier in the long-term.

Feeling fitter and healthier

At the halfway mark, Toddy is already noticing positive changes. Whilst still juggling her hefty work-life balance, she says she’s feeling fitter. She feels more able to keep up with her kids, and is finding it easier to do everyday tasks. 

Toddy also took part in our One Million Step Challenge, which has also really helped her on her path to becoming fitter. She’s managed to increase her average steps per day to 8,000, and is already feeling the benefits of being more active.

Toddy’s goal for the second half of the programme is to fit 15 minutes per day of cardio activity into her busy routine. She wants to raise her heart rate to burn more calories and improve her overall cardio fitness level.

She’s also aiming to improve her sleep by winding down with sleep meditations on Fitbit Premium, which will help her feel more relaxed.

Our partnership with Fitbit

Fitbit is supporting Toddy to live a healthier and more active lifestyle via the 16-week programme, which includes personal training and support throughout.

The programme is part of a wider partnership between Fitbit and Diabetes UK. We’re really proud to be working together to encourage people to reduce their risk of type 2 and improve their health by doing more exercise.

There are 4.9 million people currently living with diabetes in the UK, and millions more at risk of developing type 2, so diabetes management and prevention is as important as ever.

Find out more about our partnership with Fitbit, and follow Toddy’s journey on Instagram: @FitbitUK_Ireland

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