We're delighted to announce a new partnership with The Great Outdoor Company (TGO) to encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles. The partnership will allow people with, or at risk of diabetes to access TGO's high quality, free-to-access equipment at their extensive gym network. The partnership will also help to raise vital funds that will help everyone live well with diabetes.
Together we’ll be focusing on raising awareness of type 2 diabetes, whilst encouraging those living with type 2 diabetes to take on healthy habits to better manage their diabetes.
Signing up to the specifically designed Move Type 2 with Kesson Physiotherapy programme, TGO users will gain access to nearly 1000 public outdoor gyms in the UK. The idea behind this is to take advantage of a physiotherapy-based approach to achieve positive outcomes for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes and to lower their risk of health issues.
Move Type 2 with Kesson Physiotherapy is movement medicine for people with and at risk of type 2 diabetes. This TGO Activate course has been developed by movement experts Kesson Physiotherapy, working in partnership with us at Diabetes UK. The 6 x 35-minute classes have been carefully designed to help those at risk or living type 2 diabetes better manage or reduce their risk of diabetes via a deliberate mix of aerobic activity and weight training.
There are 4.9 million people currently living with diabetes in the UK and 90% of these are living with type 2 diabetes. A further 13.6 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2, and it’s estimated that almost 950,000 people are living with undiagnosed diabetes. Someone is diagnosed with the condition every two minutes.
Exercise and diabetes
The programme aims to prevent type 2 diabetes in people at risk and stabilise the condition for those living with it already, whilst helping improve participants' understanding of diabetes. The partnership will provide opportunities for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes to manage their condition or lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes through the course and TGO gym network.
By joining forces, The Great Outdoor Gym Company and Diabetes UK will remove some of the typical barriers to traditional exercise. It is an easy way-in to help people achieve their recommended exercise goals. Combining aerobic exercise and weight training is good for people who live with type 2 diabetes. Aerobic activity is important for maintaining a healthy heart, while weight training can help to lower blood sugar levels. Together, they should help make your body more sensitive to insulin.
A lot of people find outdoor gyms a convenient way to exercise. We’re delighted to have assisted The Great Outdoor Gym Company with the development of a new 6-week programme to help people with type 2 diabetes to be more physically active. This can lead to better health outcomes.
Neil Gibson - Senior Physical Activity Advisor, Diabetes UK
Given the scale of the diabetes crisis, TGO Activate is delighted to be partnering with Diabetes UK to help more people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes. Movement is such an incredible medicine - taken regularly, it has lifelong physical and mental health benefits, as well as reducing the burden of health conditions on the NHS including the associated carbon footprint. Move Type 2 with Kesson Physiotherapy is an affordable and user-friendly 6-week course to help people utilise the health benefits of physical activity to tackle type 2 diabetes. Through our partnership, we hope to reach more people affected by diabetes and help better manage their condition or reduce their risk of developing diabetes.
Georgie Delaney MBE – TGO Co-Founder
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