Diabetes patients and their carers invited to motivational ‘lifestyle and wellbeing’ day

The North East Essex Diabetes service (NEEDS) is inviting local residents living with diabetes or supporting people to live with diabetes to a lifestyle and wellbeing event, aimed at encouraging diabetes patients to better self-manage their condition.

Titled ‘Diabetes and You’ will take place on Saturday 12th May, 9am -3:30pm at the Weston Homes Community stadium in Colchester (free lunch provided).


Click here to register for your free place!


There are currently over 19,000 people living with diabetes in North East Essex and regional diabetes care was recently rated ‘outstanding’ by NHS England.

Hannah Addington, Specialist Dietitian at NEEDS, said: “We are very excited to invite diabetes patients to a special diabetes day, which is inspired by our patients.

“In North East Essex, we are lucky to have a lot of support for diabetes and this event is about sharing this with our patients.

“Diabetes and You’ is all about the patient journey, the challenges they may face and the knowledge they need to live a healthy lifestyle with diabetes.”

The event will include practical workshops that cover; annual health checks, nutrition, foot health, dental health, exercise and more.

Local health providers and supporting organisations will also be attending the event, offering advice and guidance on living a healthy lifestyle with diabetes. They include; ACE footcare,  PROVIDE and Active Essex

The event will feature two special guest speakers who have both faced their own challenges with diabetes.

Father and son Geoff and Anthony Whitington (also known as ‘Fixing Dad’), who have featured on the BBC, will be sharing their inspirational story of Anthony and his brother  helped their father Geoff overcome his battle with Type 2 diabetes.

Anthony Whitington, said: “We look forward to telling our story at the upcoming ‘Diabetes and You’ event.

“Fear and hope are both crucial in type 2 diabetes. We absolutely need to know and fear the seriousness of our condition but be aware that we can all embark on an exciting journey toward reversal.”

Consultant Dietitian, Lindsey Oliver will also look to empower attendees with her innovative approaches to better self-management of diabetes.

Hannah Addington, added: “We really have a fantastic programme organised.

“From taking part in the workshops and listening to the speakers, patients will have the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to make positive steps to improving their wellbeing and looking after their health.”

There are currently over 19,000 people living with diabetes in North East Essex and regional diabetes care was recently rated ‘outstanding’ by NHS England.

To register for the event, call NEEDS on 0845 241 3313 (Option 2), email info@diabetesneeds.org.uk or click here.