AcT1vate is a unique event, all about enhancing knowledge and exoerience of exercise and type 1 diabetes. This year was the third AcT1vate staged by HypoActive and participants, speakers and volunteers all agreed it was probably the best yet.

AcT1vate 2013 was held at the Creswick campus of the University of Melbourne, about an hour from Melbourne and just a little north of Ballarat. The lovely historic building, pleasant country surrounds, good student-style accommodation, excellent lecture and teaching facilities, scrumptious catering and a very generous rate negotiated with the university to keep costs down proved to be a set of perfect ingredients for this recipe for success.

Once again, HypoActive flew Gary Scheiner all the way from the United States to be our keynote speaker for the weekend. Gary captivated type 1's covering topics such as Physiology of Exercise and Diabetes, Making the Most of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems, Using the Tools for Diabetes: Pumpers' Session, Fine-Tuning your Engine (for more experienced exercisers) and Surprise - it's a Rise: All about Adrenaline. Gary is a certified diabetes educator, founder of the online Integrated Diabetes Services (including the Type 1 University) and author of several books including Think Like a Pancreas. 

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Gary is an enormously engaging speaker - often funny too - and lives with type 1 diabetes.

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Type 1 ultra-marathon runner Roger Hanney was also a very welcome and vibrant speaker. Roger's physical achievements are quite staggering (and include the Four Deserts Challenge last year - running across the Atacama, Gobi and Sahara Deserts as well as a major event across Antarctica), but he also proved to be a huge ice-breaker and a very warm and welcoming participant.

Our thanks go to all speakers at this year's AcT1vate: Thanks to Alan McCubbin, Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson, Danielle Harrison, Laura Rostron, Jamie Gaida, Monica Jessop, Lisa Engel and Greg Macca McCubbin. Big thanks also to those running the very popular practical sessions: Katherine Price, Ben Zerbst, Kim White and Toni Wall.

Sunday morning run group

Some Comments From Participants

"Congratulations to you and the other volunteers who organised the very successful AcT1vate weekend. I was overhelmed, challenged and encouraged at various times during the two days."

"Wouls also recommend to other educators. It was a great experience to attend a program organised by people with type 1,,, it was all so 'real' and relevant."

"I felt very motivated after the weekend. My objectives are probably a lot lower than some of the other attendees who are far more physically active than I want to be. Overall, I think the weekend was broad enough in its content for all levels to benefit."

"This is the only other event for diabetes I have attended in 36 years of diabetes (the other one being DAFNE over four years ago). I found it very inspiring and a great boost to my desire to be more active."

Saturday morning tea


A huge amount of work went into the planning and organisation of AcT1vate 2013. Our biggest thanks go to Valma Datson and Danielle Harrison, as well as Elise Perillo and Portia Lombardi from our most excellent partners in this venture, Diabetes Australia - Victoria.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors: Medtronic, pioneers in diabetes management and long-term supporters of HypoActive; Abbott Diabetes Care, helping people with diabetes lead healthy and active lives, also long-term supporters of HypoActive; Animas, emerging pump therapy and CGMS specialists; and the great people at the Chiswick Campus of the University of Melbourne.

Portia and Elise from DA-Vic and Valma (centre) wearing the sensational AcT1vate T-shirts

Thanks also go to Thompson Parkway Priceline Pharmacy Cranbourne, Connected In Motion (Canadian type 1 exercise group), Shoe Logic (Melbourne), Select Sweets (Essendon), Love 'em Liver Treats (for pets), Melba's Food Hall (Brunswick), Lonely Pets Club, Blackjack Vineyards (Harcourt), and Hepburn Shire Council, Visitor Services.

Our biggest thanks of all go to all those type 1's who came along and made this such a marvellous and memorable weekend.