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Healthy Lifestyle Volunteers needed

Diabetes UK is launching a new campaign across the South East to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle, which will help reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and support those already diagnosed to effectively manage their condition.

To make the campaign a success, Diabetes UK is looking for volunteers across Surrey, Buckinghamshire, North Hampshire and Southampton to sign up and become 'Healthy Lifestyle Volunteers' to raise awareness of diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle within their local areas.

Helping to raise awareness

The volunteers will be responsible for organising and speaking at local community events to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle. They will be fully trained on the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes to allow them to assess whether members of the public are at risk of developing the condition. They will also be encouraged to help at the charity's diabetes risk assessment events across the region.

Training will be provided for the volunteers, who will be asked to commit to organising a minimum of two events and two talks a year.

Improving the lives of people with diabetes

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK South East Regional Manager, said: "Our new campaign is vital. But the only way we can get our message across is with the help of the public, so we're urging people to come forward and become Healthy Lifestyle Volunteers to help us raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle within the local community."

If you are interested in being a Healthy Lifestyle Volunteer for Diabetes UK please call 01372 720 148 or emailLucy.Peacock@diabetes.org.uk.

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