Life! at the World Congress on Diabetes Prevention
In December I was given the opportunity to attend the World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications in Atlanta, USA.
The congress was a chance to meet with experts on diabetes and diabetes prevention from all over the world and to hear about the latest research. I was able to hear from experts about new approaches to prevention, the most recent evidence in relation to diet and physical activity, and experiences delivering diabetes prevention programs around the world.
One of the most interesting sessions included experts talking about the evidence to support some of the different diets you may have heard of including the Mediterranean style diet, macrobiotic diets, low fat diets and low carb diets. You’ll be interested to hear that the experts agree – there is no single diet that works for everybody! That is why in the Life! program we help you to make small changes to your eating habits that will work for you in the long term.
I was also selected to give two presentations about the Life! program:
- The Life! program is one of the longest running programs in the world to help community members at risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke to make healthy lifestyle changes. My first presentation talked about the lessons we have learnt from running the Life! program across Victoria since 2008, and the changes that we have made over that time – including our recent changes to eligibility criteria.
- The second presentation focused on the health outcomes of people who have taken part in Life! telephone health coaching. We have seen that people who take part in the 6 one-on-one phone calls with a personal health coach are able to greatly reduce their risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Before the conference started I was lucky enough to have a couple of days to explore Atlanta. I found that the best way to get around and see everything in a short amount of time was on a bike tour with the lovely Robyn from Bicycle Tours of Atlanta.
Next time you are in a new city, why don’t you try to find a way to include some fun physical activity into your sightseeing by finding a walking tour or bike tour!
Words by Dr Cara Büsst, Life! Program Redesign, Integration and Evaluation Coordinator