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Dee Thresher and Dr Hilary Jones front new training programme

Celebrity personal trainer Dee Thresher and her partner, ITV Daybreak’s Dr Hilary Jones, are fronting a new online training programme to support Diabetes UK runners taking part in a Bupa Great Run this year. Dee will also be running the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth on behalf of Diabetes UK.

Diabetes UK has been selected as the nominated charity partner for the Bupa Great Run Series from 2012, and 10,000 people are expected to sign up for a run in support of Diabetes UK this year.

Exclusive videos and tips

Dee Thresher and Dr Hilary Jones will be filming exclusive training videos and providing training tips on Twitter (follow @dee_fitness) to support people with diabetes to train for a run and manage their existing diabetes effectively. Physical activity like running can also help to reduce the risk of people developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dee Thresher said, "My father has Type 2 diabetes, so anything I can do to raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes, and to encourage people to adopt a healthier diet and get physically active is very important to me."

In the UK, 2.9 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, and the condition is one of the greatest health challenges facing the NHS. To help tackle the growing problem, Diabetes UK is set to raise over £1 million a year through the partnership with Bupa, which will also see the organisations delivering a series of events around the country to raise awareness of diabetes and help people take positive steps to improve their health.

Register to take part

People can register to take part in the Bupa Great South Run and other Bupa Great Runs for Diabetes UK by emailing bupagreatruns@diabetes.org.uk or choosing to run for Bupa’s nominated charity when signing up for a Bupa Great Run.

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