Jumpstart, the national diabetes health and lifestyle programme created by the YMCA Auckland and healthcare company Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd, has reached a milestone this week with it’s 1000th participant signing up.Read More
Jumpstart wont hurt. But your diabetes might.
Jumpstart is a lifestyle programme that takes a holistic approach to diabetes self-management through active movement, nutritional guidance, health education, family involvement and community. JumpStart is suitable for people from the age of 15 years, who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes or who might have pre diabetes.
Find your local
Jumpstart is currently running at 14 locations across New Zealand.
Refer a patient
Health professionals and medical practitioners can refer clients to the Jumpstart programme.
Ready to go?
You don't need a referral to join Jumpstart. If Jumpstart is right for you register yourself online.
The JumpStart Story
Jumpstart kicked off in 2013 with the purpose of helping people with diabetes lead healthier, more active lives. Since then more than one thousand people from all walks of life have been through the programme. That’s more than one thousand lives changed for the better thanks to a clear vision, a comprehensive programme, and a committed team.
With more than 240,000* New Zealanders living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, having an exercise and lifestyle programme that focuses on their individual needs is imperative. Jumpstart offers that and more. It’s more than just an exercise programme. It’s an all-encompassing programme of nutritional advice, lifestyle guidance and targeted activity.
The programme that started as a chat five years ago between former YMCA CEO Peter Fergusson and Pharmaco NZ’s Managing Director Chandra Selvadurai, has grown into an open and inclusive environment for all adults living with diabetes. “Every person who this program helps is just one small step toward making a healthier New Zealand,” says Chandra.
Take your first step towards a healthier, active lifestyle and become part of the Jumpstart family.
“I feel much better, and I’m sleeping better. When I wake up I want to get up and do something.”
“I found it really good because the groups are small and it’s really good meeting others who are in the same situation.”
“I enjoyed Jumpstart, it was interactive and it helped with a lot of things. They taught us how to read the labels on the back of our food, and it just helped me change my way of living."
“It’s given me a lot of confidence, people around me have noticed something is going on and I can't stop telling them about the Jumpstart programme.”