A great turnout for Crediton Lions at Diabetes and Well-being event

By Sue Read   |   Senior Reporter   |
Saturday 28th September 2019 5:30 am
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Members of Crediton Lions Club who were helping with the Lions Fight Against Diabetes event staged at Crediton Methodist Church on September 21; President Peter Bryan (front right) with organiser Bronwyn Nott. SR 2390

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DIABETES affects so many people and worldwide - it is expected that 200 million more people will be affected by 2040.

In the UK it is thought that as many as 1.1 million are undiagnosed.

It is against this background that Lions Clubs worldwide have, as a major initiative, decided to tackle this problem with a campaign of awareness.

Crediton Lions took up the challenge and with the help of many set up its first Diabetes and Well-being event on September 21, held at the Methodist Church.

Members were delighted at the turnout.

The event was aimed at educating people about Diabetes and how they can avoid getting this terrible disease by healthy eating and a change of lifestyle which includes taking more exercise.

A Practice Nurse, Alyson Roberts who stood in at the last minute, tested people’s blood sugar by pricking their fingers.

She tested the Mayor, Councillor Frank Letch by pricking his ear.

Diabetes UK staff were on-hand to work out people’s risk of developing the disease and any that were at risk were given information on how to prevent that risk escalating to full blown Diabetes.

Staff from Westbank Diabetes Prevention programme were also present to advise on healthy eating.

Stephanie Heard, fitness instructor, led a seated exercise class with which many of the audience and Lions joined in.

Staff from Lords Meadows Leisure Centre and the Crediton Running Network were on-hand to advise on exercise.

A representative from U3A was there to talk about various exercise activities they organise.

It was a really great day and lots of people said how much they enjoyed it and found it very informative and interesting.

Anyone who may have been unable to attend and would like to hear more about the event and of the Lions strategy to prevent this unnecessary condition please contact Crediton Lions on 01363 773437 or 01363 775450.

In addition home-made soup and rolls were served for lunch by Church member Elaine Gregory who made a profit of £44.50 which will go towards sponsoring a boy called David to attend school in Peru.

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