HypoActive Big Success Meeting Type 1's at Huge Expo

On Saturday May 23rd Diabetes Victoria staged a massive event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Thousands of folk turned up to get a better picture about these conditions and find advice about medical, technical and lifestyle factors that raise problems for people living with diabetes.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - top spot for a diabetes expo

The Expo was aimed at everyone with diabetes and it was very encouraging to see all the main players in the diabetes support industry making a big effort to let people know what they're up to and what's available to help manage these difficult conditions. HypoActive was invited to set up a space and had a busy and rewarding day meeting and greeting type 1's who were keen to know more about how to approach exercise, but more significantly, cheered and motivated to learn there is such an organisation focussed on peer support and giving diverse opportunities for type 1's to join in with other type 1's and share the challenges.

It was great to see a day aimed at getting people healthy by having such a skilled and prestigious set of presenters. There were a couple of exercise physiologists, a physio, a handful of academics and doctors and it was heartwarming to see that Cheryl Steele, the award-winning, credentialed diabetes educator, had been allotted a prime position to talk about apps, meters, pumps, social media and online communities. Cheryl is one of the most experienced and motivating people working in the diabetes community - and she also lives with type 1 diabetes, so it's fantastic she could contribute.

Cheryl Steele is Western Health’s diabetes education services manager and has been recognised by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as the inaugural winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. With first-hand experience of living with diabetes, Mrs Steele is committed to helping people in the western suburbs living with the condition. ‘My primary interests are type 1 diabetes prevention and cure and diabetes self management, education and gestational diabetes,’ Mrs Steele said.

‘On a personal level, I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 28 years and I am the mother of three children, two of whom developed type 1 diabetes as children. I have four grandchildren, one of whom developed type 1 diabetes at the age of five.’ You couldn't find a more caring and informed presenter.

Award-winning diabetes educator Cheryl Steele

HypoActive was privileged to get a presentation space right between Diabetes Australia and AMSL, hosts and organisers of the recent Canberra type 1 diabetes and exercise weekend. Our members who spent the day at the HypoActive stand reported a lively and engaging time, each of them talking to dozens of type 1's and finding a common response of both relief and excitement that there was group of people - all type 1's - who value the health benefits of exercise and take the trouble to get others involved, to share knowledge and overcome common barriers. 

Huge thanks go to exemplary HypoActives Kym Davern, Warwick Sickling and John Thompson (and Kerri!), who gave up a significant amount of time and energy to spread the HA word. Thanks also to all other HypoActive members and followers who joined them at the stand to show support and help out.

Top vollies - thanks guys

Finally, a warm welcome to all those type 1's new to HypoActive. Our crew gave out our links to many people living with type 1 diabetes who had never heard of the group before and we now have a string of new subscriptions to the newsletter. I very much hope we can help and support you in your efforts for better health and an active life.