On 4 April our Bath Diabetes Support Group held their first Health and Wellbeing Fair at Hayesfield Girl’s School, Bath. The fair brought together members of the public and local school children with healthcare and sports professionals to raise awareness of diabetes and the role exercise can play in a healthy lifestyle.
Premiership rugby player Chris Pennell, who is full-back with Worcester Warriors and has Type 1 diabetes, came along to speak about his experiences of living with and managing his condition as a professional sportsman.
“For me, it’s about focusing on what I’m able to do, living my life as normally as possible," Chris told the audience, "As long as you moderate things and do things sensibly, there’s no way diabetes has to affect you in any negative way whatsoever.”
Chris was joined by Bath full-back Tom Homer to lead a group of children present in a series of warm-up exercises to inspire young people to get involved with sport and exercise. The fair was introduced by chair of the Bath support group, Clive Johnstone, who was joined by Bath MP Ben Howlett and Dr Ian Orpen, chair of Bath and North East Somerset CCG.