Champneys to run NHS Diabetes Education programme at its resorts

Spa group Champneys has partnered with the NHS to launch a Diabetes Education programme at two of its resorts.

Champneys Tring in Hertfordshire and Champneys Springs in Leicestershire will deliver the NHS Desmond (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) programme, which teaches people with Type 2 diabetes how to manage their condition.

It caters for both those with established and newly diagnosed diabetes, as well as those at a high risk of developing the condition as a result of raised blood sugar levels or through family history.

The programme will run as part of a day and overnight retreat and will cover three core elements – diet, activity and education. The education elements will be delivered by Desmond educators and the nutrition and fitness elements by Champneys team of experts.

“Lifestyle-related diabetes has become one of the fastest growing health problems in today’s society. A toxic mix of stress, low activity levels, poor diet on top of a possible inherited risk are being held responsible. Fortunately, positive lifestyle changes can make this condition manageable and reduce the risk of long-term health problems,” said Louise Day, fitness and wellbeing director at Champneys.

“We will guide and empower people with the condition towards a lifestyle-change approach to personal diabetes control. Our experts will be on hand to help guests find practical ways of improving their overall health and maintaining a positive approach to this condition.”

Bernie Stribling, director of Desmond, commented: “Structured education programmes are a proven method to enable supported self-care in diabetes. We welcome this partnership and the opportunity to ensure our high-quality, evidence-based programme is offered to more people”.

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