Walking Away (from Diabetes) Groups

Walking Away (WA) is a course designed for members of the public who have been diagnosed as having “pre-diabetes”. Research evidence shows that people with pre-diabetes who make lifestyle changes as recommended in Walking Away reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by half over the next 5 years. 


What is pre-diabetes? 

Pre-diabetes is when your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal range, but it is not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. When you have pre-diabetes, the body is still working hard to control blood glucose, but it is not quite achieving normal blood glucose levels. Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when your HbA1c value is between 41 and 49 mmol/mol. 


Walking Away

The WA course is 3 hours long. Up to 15 people who have pre-diabetes and their support people will attend. By the end of the 3 hours the aim is for you to have a better understanding of pre-diabetes and the lifestyle changes that will help you “walk away” from a future diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. 


How do I join the Walking Away Group near me? 

Your doctor or nurse may have suggested you attend and referred you to WellSouth. You will hear from our administrator to arrange your attendance at a local course. 

If you would like to self-refer to Walking Away please contact our coordinator via email or phone 0800 800 249. She will ask for your full name, date of birth and home address. It is useful but not essential to have your NHI number.