The Glucose Project - Diabetes Program in ACT
Diabetes can make it difficult to exercise, lose weight, get motivated and feel safe exercising. Our Diabetes program aims to change that.
EmPower’s Glucose Project is a practical and educational group exercise program that assists people living with Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, or Pre-Diabetes) by providing skills and behaviours needed to improve blood glucose management, increase fitness and achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
We understand exercising with Diabetes can be a daunting task, however we are here to help!
WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE?
- 1:1 Initial Assessment to establish baseline measurements of current health and physical capacity
- 2 x Group Exercise Classes per week for 8 weeks
- 3 x Education sessions to increase your knowledge and understanding of Diabetes
- 1 x Final assessment to evaluate your progress and discuss an individualised plan moving forwards
Our Diabetes program is facilitated by our Accredited Exercise Physiologists that specialise in Diabetes management, who can provide up to date evidence-based education & advice to help improve your wellbeing. Throughout the Glucose Project we help you closely monitor your blood sugar levels and understand what glucose levels are safe before, during and after exercise, while exercising in a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET OUT OF THIS PROGRAM?
- A comprehensive understanding of Diabetes and how to manage it with exercise
- An individualised exercise program based on the latest evidence
- Free resources to help you structure your exercise and lifestyle routine and keep you on track to achieve your goals
- Improved management of your blood glucose levels, blood pressure & heart health
- Decreased risk of Diabetes related complications (e.g. stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, foot and eye problems)
- Increased strength, cardiovascular endurance and exercise tolerance
- Improved sleep, mood and energy levels
CAN I CLAIM THIS PROGRAM UNDER MEDICARE?
Yes, if you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes you can request your GP to provide you with a referral using this Diabetes Program Referral Form to claim subsidised sessions for this group program.
HOW DO I JOIN THIS PROGRAM?
Simply call our friendly admin team or send us an email expressing your interest and we can answer any questions you may have regarding booking dates, class times and cost before booking you in for our next program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals. We specialise in the prevention, treatment and management of injuries and/or chronic disease through exercise prescription. The aim of Exercise Physiology interventions are to restore one’s optimal physical function, health and wellness. These interventions are evidence-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support, and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. In addition, we can also assist athletes with sporting performance, strength and conditioning, as well as injury prevention techniques.
Medicare, DVA Health Cards (Gold & White), NDIS, Workers Compensation and Private Health rebates are available for Exercise Physiology services. We have HICAPS for on the spot claiming for your convenience.
You may be eligible to be referred by your GP to receive up to 5 Medicare rebated sessions every calendar year
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. They have completed a 4 Year University Degree and are accredited with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Exercise Physiologists specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries.
Personal Trainers are members of the sport and recreation sector. They are required to complete a certificate III & IV in Fitness, which enables them to work with general healthy populations. Personal Trainers are qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk and provide ongoing motivation and support to assist with reaching fitness goals.
In general, your consultation will include the following:
• An initial assessment to understand your current health, capabilities and physical status
• Assessment of your exercise history
• An explanation of how exercise can assist with treating or improving conditions/quality of life
• An opportunity to determine and discuss goals relating to health and exercise, with strategies to achieve these goals
• Development of an individualised exercise program, home or clinic based, in a group or individual setting
• Discussion and instructions on how to complete the prescribed program, instructions on correct techniques, intensity and frequency of the exercises in your program
• A detailed written report back to your referring GP, specialist or other health practitioner
• Discussion of your goals, regular monitoring in the clinic or periodic reviews and program upgrades
Anyone is welcome to make an appointment with one of our Exercise Physiologists. All patients under Medicare, DVA, Workers Compensation and CTP claims will need a referral prior to attending an initial consultation to receive a rebate. Rebates are available through private health insurance, no referral is needed for this.