Diabetes walking group
- Every Wednesday at the Eden Project
- Health and wellbeing benefits
- A ‘social prescribing’ project
We run a supported walking group here at the Eden Project, to help people with diabetes and prediabetes to lose weight, lower their BMI, reduce blood sugar levels – and connect with others.
Weekly diabetes walks
The walks are led by volunteer walk leaders who provide support and help members to achieve their goals. Walking together as a group ensures there is always plenty of encouragement, reassurance and, of course, conversation.
The Eden Project was designed with accessibility in mind so there’s a great range of walking routes to suit all abilities.
Walking is a great way to help manage your health conditions. It’s suitable for people of any age and all levels of fitness. It’s inexpensive, low-impact and accessible for almost everyone.
'I really enjoy walking every week in the company of fellow diabetics whom I now class as friends.'
Walking group member
Members of the walking group have experienced some fantastic improvements in their health and wellbeing. We interviewed 10 of them in April 2018 and all of them had managed to lose weight, lower their BMI, and reduce blood sugar levels – 5 of them to below the diabetic range.
John and Vanetta are among them. Diabetes runs in the family of 73-year-old John, but through weekly walks he reduced his blood sugar levels from diabetic to normal within a year: ‘I never believed that I could change my diabetic diagnosis, but I do now.’
When Vanetta was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes she was devastated, realising that her lifestyle was probably to blame, but the walks have not only helped her blood sugar levels, they’ve also given her a sense of wellbeing: ‘I really enjoy walking every week in the company of fellow diabetics whom I now class as friends.’
Join our diabetes walks
When: Every Wednesday ready to walk at 10.30 am. The walks usually last between 20-60 minutes and follow various routes to cater for different abilities.
Where: The Eden Project Visitor Centre café.
To find out more contact the Group Coordinator at Eden, Heidi Morgan, on 01726 818550 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Social Prescribing Facilitator Hayley Burgoyne on 01726 626844 or email@example.com
About social prescribing at the Eden Project
At the Eden Project we believe in the power of connecting people with each other and their environment – the power of people collectively doing things to improve their lives and the lives of others around them.
The walking group – run in partnership with Walking for Health and St Austell Healthcare – is part of Eden on Prescription, our social prescribing programme.
Social prescribing enables GPs to refer patients to a range of local, non-clinical services such as exercise programmes, social clubs and nature-based activities – in the same way they would prescribe a drug, or refer a patient to a hospital.