October 5, 2011
New physical activity service launches for adults with diabetes in Aberdeen
A pilot service offering free activity consultations for adults with diabetes is set to launch in Aberdeen. Diabetes presents a serious health challenge right across Scotland. The number of people with diabetes in NHS Grampian is approx 23,000 and is increasing year by year.
As part of this new scheme, adults with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes will take part in a one-to-one physical activity consultation. This is carried out by a Health Psychologist and usually lasts about 30 minutes. During the consultation, participants can discuss how much exercise they do, how much exercise they would like to do and what tends to get in the way of increasing their activity levels. This information is then used to help them set their own realistic goals for increasing physical activity. The activities can include exercising in the home, getting out and about or using local facilities such as community centres.
Mary McCallum, a health psychologist based at the diabetes clinic at Woolmanhill Hospital, said "There is strong research evidence that physical activity can help diabetics control their condition. It also improves mental health and well being. Each programme will be tailor made to suit the individual and their fitness level. People interested in taking part don't require a referral from their GP either - they can contact the service directly to arrange a consultation."
The pilot will run for 18 months and will operate from both Woolmanhill Hospital and Dyce Health Centre. To book a consultation, contact Mary McCallum directly on 07557 317 804 or at email@example.com