Southern Trust hosts Type 1 Diabetes Sports and Exercise Event

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Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Young people with diabetes from across the Southern Trust have been learning how they can enjoy exercise from international and local sports professionals and their peers at an event organised by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. 



The event was held at the Seagoe Parish Centre recently for young people aged 12 – 25years with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and included Workshops, Sports Activities as well as Inspirational Speakers and Advice Seminars. 

Dr Sarinda Millar, Consultant Paediatrician for the Southern Trust explained, “We look after around 300 children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes across the Southern Trust and our aim is to have a continually developing service responsive to their needs.

“We want to motivate, inspire and support our young people and their families to not let diabetes stand in the way of anything they want to do in life.



She continued, “Having diabetes should not prevent anyone from participating in and enjoying sport and exercise. We encourage not just children and adolescents with diabetes but everyone to exercise regularly to keep them healthy.

“We do understand that many young children with diabetes and their parents worry about managing diabetes and sport and this was the main driver for the event.

“We hope it helped to encourage and inspire our children and young people and gave them the knowledge to manage their diabetes whilst exercising.



“Thank you to everyone who attended the event and to all of our fantastic inspirational speakers and workshop tutors who made the event that extra bit special for the young people,” Dr Millar added.

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