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27 May 2016

Albany and the wider Great Southern region is set to feature in a Diabetes WA health challenge called Get On Track that is aiming to encourage Western Australians to follow a path to a healthier life.

Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease, with Albany and the Great Southern region facing a big health challenge with rates of type 2 diabetes significantly higher than the rest of the State.

According to the WA Country Health Service 2015 Great Southern Health Profile, diabetes complications are the leading cause of potentially preventable hospitalisations of adults in the region.

The City of Albany has worked with Diabetes WA to bring the Get On Track challenge to the Great Southern, taking participants on a virtual journey across the region as they complete a range of health-focussed actions.

Louise Short, Health Promotion Officer with the City of Albany, said the Get on Track challenge was a great way to help people focus on keeping health a top priority while going about their everyday lives.

“The Challenge reminds us that we can all take steps towards great health,” Ms Short said.

“At the same time, it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the amazing local sights and experiences that make Albany a great place to live, work and play.”

The encouraging news is type 2 diabetes is preventable through positive changes to everyday health behaviour and the Challenge reminds people that eating well and being physically active are powerful ways to stay healthy.

Ms Short took part in the last challenge with eight other teams from the City of Albany and is looking forward to joining in Albany’s Get On Track Challenge.

“Taking part in the challenge helped our team focus on everyday health behaviours, such as eating more veggies and being active with family and friends by walking or cycling on some of the great tracks on our doorstep,” she said.

The Get On Track Challenge is fun, free and interactive, and showcases many of the region’s amazing natural attractions and experiences.

Check out the Albany track online at getontrackchallenge.com.au.

Registrations for the Albany Challenge are now open for teams of four, with the challenge starting on June 6.

To find out more about diabetes and how you can eat and move well to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, visit www.diabeteswa.com.