Walk and Talk Group Launched to Help Diabetes Sufferers

Starting from Monday 13 May, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and local organisation Leatherhead Diabetes Walk and Talk have organised a weekly walk group for those with, or at risk of, type two diabetes. The group will meet for 13 weeks, and involve an hour of walking followed by an hour of discussion about the condition over tea and coffee.

The walks will be gentle and scenic, and led by volunteers who have diabetes. There will be plenty of opportunities to make new friends.

MVDC Chief Executive Karen Brimacombe said: "The talks will be structured and cover a range of topics on diabetes, and the lifestyle factors that cause and prevent it. The groups will provide a mutually-supportive atmosphere for those looking to make changes to their lives. They are a rare chance for sufferers to share their experiences of the condition with people who can truly empathise."

Volunteer walk leader John Hunt said "We've found that walking with others motivates people to stick to their good intentions more than doing it by yourself. Talking about change with others who have a positive attitude to improving their health can be inspiring and supportive in managing everyday lifestyle choices."

This initiative is part of MVDC's Walk for Health scheme, a programme of fun, free and accessible volunteer-led walks which help people become more active, make friends and explore the local countryside. The new spring/summer timetable is now out, and features weekly walks across the district that range from easy (level 1) to brisk (level 3).

New for the spring, The Capel Village Walk takes place on the first and third Friday of the month at 10am. The group meet at Capel Village Hall. The walk is graded level 3, and lasts 60 to 90 minutes. There is no need to book in advance.

To find out more about MVDC's Walk for Health walks, and to download the new timetable, visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/walkforhealth. The timetable can also be picked up at MVDC's Dorking office or Leatherhead Leisure Centre.

The Diabetes Walk and Talk group will meet at the entrance to Leatherhead Leisure Centre at 10am. There is free parking at the leisure centre. To reserve a place, or for more information, call the Walk and Talk Coordinators on 07954 013496 or email ldwalk1@virginmedia.com.

Last Updated: 08/05/2019

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