The one-day version of our long-running event proved to be a big success


Essence of AcT1vate 2014      

By Kym Davern, AcT1vate Committee Member


AcT1vate is a unique event, all about enhancing knowledge and experience of exercise and type 1 diabetes. This year HypoActive had a slightly different approach - we had a one-day event called Essence of AcT1vate. All who attended agreed it was a fantastic event and felt it was truly worthwhile attending.

Essence of AcT1vate 2014 was held at the Lonely Pets Club (LPC) Offices in East Brunswick, very close to the City of Melbourne.  The day started off with some wonderful exercise sessions for participants to sample either something they hadn't tried before or improve their technique. There was a choice of: reformer Pilates at Complete Health and Osteopathy in North Carlton; improve your running technique; improve your walking technique; or yoga at Fleming Park in East Brunswick.



Reformer Pilates                                                                                                      Improve your Running Technique


Yoga                                                                                                                              Improve your Walking Technique

After the morning exercise sessions, everyone headed to the LPC (some stopping for coffee on the way) to register, receive their show-bags full of goodies and browse the trade display tables presented by Abbott Diabetes Care, Pharmaco and Diabetes Australia - Victoria.


The trade display tables at the Lonely Pets Club Offices

HypoActive arranged for some excellent local experts to cover topics related to exercise and managing type 1 diabetes.  Information sessions held in the morning were a refresher on the theory of exercise and diabetes management from Cheryl Steele, then separate groups for pumpers and those on MDI from Cheryl and Danielle Harrison.

The Founder of HypoActive - Monique Hanley - returned to share with us her knowledge and personal experiences about exercise, training and managing type 1 diabetes. She introduced us to a great way to remember the key factors in exercise and diabetes - a new acronym she has created called VAMPIRE. 


A session by Hypoactive founder Monique Hanley

After a scrumptious lunch, it was then time to hear about injury and rehab from Cassie Conway. The final session at the LPC was stress reduction techniques to lower BGL's for everyday and when competing from Toni Wall.


A session by Cheryl Steele                                                                  MDI session by Danielle Harrison  

While some participants decided to end the day here, others headed by car (although some did cycle) to the Brunswick Baths for a choice of either aqua aerobics, swimming laps or a gym session. With the sunshine and warm weather, this was the perfect way to end the day.

Gym session                                                          Aqua Aerobics

Dinner was an optional extra added to the end of the day for those people who still had energy left and needed to top up the carbs after the afternoon exercise. It was held at the Great Northern Hotel in North Carlton. This was a small gathering but a nice, social, relaxing evening that allowed people to mingle and chat about what  they had learnt during the day.


Our thanks go to all speakers and trainers at this year's Essence of AcT1vate: thanks to Cheryl Steele, Monique Hanley, Danielle Harrison, Cassie Conway and Toni Wall. Big thanks also to those running the very popular practical sessions: Warwick Sickling (running), Casey Jaeger (walking) and Toni Wall (yoga). And many thanks to Complete Health Osteopathy and Pilates in North Carlton for hosting the morning Pilates; the Brunswick Baths for hosting the afternoon exercise sessions; and the Lonely Pets Club for the donated use of their offices.

A huge amount of work went into the planning and organisation of Essence of AcT1vate 2014. Our biggest thanks go to the AcT1vate planning committee, especially Valma Datson, Danielle Harrison, Kym Davern, Warwick Sickling and Katherine Price who was also MC for the day. Without their hard work and dedication this event would not have been possible.

Thank you also to Elise Perillo from Diabetes Australia – Victoria for helping us with our event and To DA-Vic for its continuing support.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors: Freestyle by Abbott Diabetes Care, helping people with diabetes lead healthy and active lives; Pharmaco, supplier of the CareSens blood glucose monitor; and Digital Medics, supplier of the Smartplus - intelligent insulin pen.

Thanks also go to: Lonely Pets Club; Blackjack Wines (Harcourt); Nipro Australia Pty Ltd (Your Partner in Health Care), supplier of TRUEbrand products; Nuun, electrolyte enhanced drink tabs; NicePak Products, supplier of Dermal Therapy Dia-Balm; Hillman Cycles, supplier of quality bikes; Melba's Food Hall; Thompson Road Clinic in Cranbourne; Danielle Harrison Diabetes Education; AMSL Diabetes; HypoDrive Pty Ltd, supplier of Five to Drive Hypo Kits;, supplier of gourmet, dietician-designed meals for all diabetics; and Coles and Chemist Warehouse at Barkly Square in Brunswick.

HypoActive drink bottle                   Essence of AcT1vate show bag


Our biggest thanks of all go to all those people with type 1 diabetes and pit crew who came along and made this such a marvelous and memorable day.


     To inspire and enable the Type 1 community to lead a more physically active lifestyle