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.
Eleven people graduated from Jumpstart in April at the YMCA Cameron Pools, Mt Roskill joining over 950 other Kiwis who have already completed the 10-week diabetes health management programme across the country in the last three years.
For eight years, Niloufer Sultana has faced a number of health challenges, including being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and suffering from a stroke and three heart attacks. By 2016 Niloufer knew it was time for a lifestyle change. Upon joining the YMCA, she felt she had finally found a place where she was welcome and comfortable enough to work on her health.
Well South long-term conditions community nurse Rebecca Grant and YMCA targeted health programme co-ordinator Peta McMillan at the Jumpstart launch on Monday evening. Amber-Leigh Woolf reports for The Southland Times on March 14 2017.