Are you looking for support to turn your New Year’s resolutions into real action in 2016?
We have ways to help you lose weight and get in shape, take on a new fitness challenge, find fresh ways to prepare healthy and exciting food, and even stop smoking. These steps can help you cut your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or help you to manage your diabetes.
Take on a fresh fitness challenge this new year
It’s a new year and the perfect time to get fit, so how about swimming the distance of the English Channel in your own local swimming pool?
Diabetes UK is inviting people to sign up to itsSwim22 challenge, which starts on 22 February.
Twenty-two miles might sound a long way, but swimmers get three months to cover the distance at their own pace. You can even split up the 22 miles between a team of friends, family or workmates – and then you can fundraise together too.
Phil Anderson, 39 a Financial Advisor from Ellon in Aberdeenshire, used Swim22 last year to channel his new year fitness ambitions into an achievable programme to get fit.
He says: “I chose swimming as it isn’t hard on your body. I found I could go at a lunchtime and rattle off 40 or 64 lengths, bringing me a kilometre or a mile closer to reaching my total.”
Phil’s fitness improved massively, and he lost a lot of excess weight. From an 18st 9lbs starting point, his weight fell to under 14 stone. Combining exercise with a healthier approach to food has helped him to reduce his risk of developing Type 2 diabetes while massively improving his swimming.
Phil raised over £1,000 for Diabetes UK and the swimming was just the start of a fitness kick that he’s been able to maintain. He will be entering Swim22 again in February and this time he is getting a friend to sign up for the event too.
Join Phil and the rest of Team Diabetes UK taking to the pool bysigning up now.
Don't fancy the pool? Try other ways to get in shape
If getting in the pool isn’t your thing, then there are lots of other fundraising challenges you can tackle this year to raise funds for Diabetes UK.
In the coming months we are looking for people to join our team and run in theBath Half Marathon(13 March),Brighton Marathon(17 April),Great Manchester Run (22 May) and theEdinburgh Marathon Festival weekend (28-29 May). Events happen all year – check ourfull run event listingsto find the one that is right for you.
Our fundraising events aren’t just about running. You can now compete in aTough Mudderassault course event for Diabetes UK, tackling the live electrical wires, cold water tanks and slicked monkey bars at courses all over the country.
Happier on a bike? The fantastic 100-mileRide Londontakes place on 31 July.
Later in the year, we also have ourLondon Bridgeswalking event which will see you crossing 13 of London’s spectacular bridges. Or you could always set up your ownWalk for Diabetes event, walking with friends and family in a local scenic spot.
Find fresh ways to Enjoy Food
Throughout January ourEnjoy Food pageswill be dedicated to helping you eat healthier, with lots of tips and tricks to spring you out of bad habits. The pages are regularly updated so do bookmark them, orsign up to our e-newsletter now.
Our recipe finder is packed with great ideas and you can search by ingredient, which is perfect if you have a lot of leftovers to use up. You can also search by diet type, so if you have gone gluten- or dairy-free, or are looking for new vegetarian or vegan recipes to try out, we have great ideas on offer.
Eating better doesn’t just help your health – it can help your wealth too. Check out our shopping tips for ways to eat healthily on a budget, or try our fresh lunchbox ideas to replace those lunchtime sandwich runs.
And have you picked up a free Enjoy Food guide yet? It includes loads of interesting advice and recipes, put together by our expert chefs and clinical advisors – and you can always get one for a friend or relative who doesn’t have access to our online resources.
Stub out smoking for good
It is common knowledge that smoking is a very serious risk to your health – but did you know that if you have diabetes smoking can double your risk of being affected by complications?
Whether you have diabetes or not, giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, but we know giving up isn’t easy. Get support via our giving up smoking pages.
Donate to charity and help us reach more people
All these steps can help to improve your health – but you can also help Diabetes UK to continue its work to fund research into diabetes, campaign on key issues, and offer education and support to more of the millions of people living with diabetes in the UK as we ultimately seek a cure for the condition.