See Jumpstart in Action

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 13 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 245,000* 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 six 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.

*Ministry of Health Virtual Diabetes Register

Latest News

1000 Participants

1000 Participants

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.

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Shauna's Jumpstart journey in her own words.

My doctor said that I might need to go on Statins if I could not reduce my cholesterol. I decided to call in at the YMCA and ask about the Jumpstart programme and started the programme on 21st May

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Wellington woman fights to give her health a Jumpstart

Erin McMenamin (72) of Lower Hutt, Wellington has a health history that shows she’s a fighter, from operations on her knees and hands to battling cancer, undergoing spinal and living with diabetes.

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Tina Testimonial

“I feel much better, and I’m sleeping better. When I wake up I want to get up and do something.”

Tina Devi Auckland CBD JumpStarter
Ional Liddell Testimonial

“I found it really good because the groups are small and it’s really good meeting others who are in the same situation.”

Iona Liddell Onehunga JumpStarter
Joanne Curry Testimonial

“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."

Joanne Curry Northcote JumpStarter
Josephine Lio Testimonial

“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.”

Josephine Lio Auckland CBD JumpStarter
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