Barbara Coombs, of Waterview Heights, is participating in the Beat It program.
Barbara Coombs, of Waterview Heights, is participating in the Beat It program. JoJo Newby

Beat diabetes with 12-week program

A DIABETIC sister and other family history of the disease has prompted Waterview Heights woman Barbara Coombs to beat it.

Starting this week Mrs Coombs and three other women have embarked on a tailored 12-week program of exercise and education to combat diabetes, heart disease and other lifestyle-related ailments.

A friend alerted Mrs Coombs to the Beat It program developed by the Australian Diabetes Council, and she thought it might be a good motivation to lose a little weight.

"As I was filling out the forms with Ann, the program instructor, we worked out I could be a candidate for the disease," Mrs Coombs said.

"Yesterday I had to visit my doctor and told her what I was doing and she said it was a great idea."

Mrs Coombs said the decision to use the Grafton Pool in the non-swimming season was great for people from a non-exercise background.

"Going to a gym is a little bit intimidating for people at my stage of life and we also have the chance to walk around in those beautiful grounds," she said.

The only problem is the small numbers in the program.

"It's a disgrace really," she said. "Diabetes and other lifestyle diseases are in the news all the time, it's not like people are unaware there's a problem.

"It's only twice a week and you have a chance to save your life."

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