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Diabetes group keep fit with Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy

Diabetes group keep fit with Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy
Diabetes group keep fit with Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy
04 September 2017

Newham CCG have teamed up with the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy to help young people with diabetes keep fit.

This boxing workshop is the latest in a series of healthy living activities offered to young people with diabetes across the borough. Past activities have included BMX biking, bowling and cooking classes at the Food Academy.

The healthy living activities on offer have been prompted by research work, undertaken in Newham, which identified clear benefits of peer support in helping young people to manage diabetes.

The research work, led by staff at Newham University Hospital, which took place as part of the Newham Partnership Programme between UCLPartners and NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, paved the way for the development of a peer support group. The group has informed the re-design of Newham’s local Young Adult Service to better meet the needs of young people with diabetes. Since the support group launched in 2014, none of its members have required an A&E admission related to mismanagement of their condition.

Dr Shanti Vijayaraghavan, Consultant Physician at Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “These workshops promote a healthy lifestyle and give the young people a chance to meet others with diabetes and share issues and concerns related to managing their condition. Building a network of peer support is something the young people I work with tell me they really value.

“The workshops also mean that I can provide the young people with advice on managing their condition in an informal setting.”

Liban Yousuf, a member of the network and workshop participant, said: “I really enjoy the different activities that are offered by the group. It’s given me an opportunity to meet other with the same condition who have similar experiences. I’ve also discovered new management techniques.

“I’d never tried boxing before but it was good fun and I’d definitely say it’s a fun way to keep fit.”

Dr Prakash Chandra, a local GP and chair of NHS Newham CCG, said: “Keeping fit is essential in helping to manage diabetes and we are delighted to be working with the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy to help motivate and inspire local young people. This is the latest in a range of healthy living activities commissioned by NHS Newham, all designed to help the local community get fit, active and engaged.”

These fun and interactive workshops are run with the support of Newham Council for Youth. Further boxing workshops are planned and young people with diabetes living in the borough are encouraged to get involved.

The next boxing session will take place on 29 September. To find out more contact desiree.campbell-richards@bartshealth.nhs.uk

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