Welcome to the new HbA1c Club

17 July 2019

Written by: Cllr Sonia Winifred HbA1c

Focus on Brixton - Health and Wellbeing - Voluntary and community sector

Volunteers in Lambeth want people to care about their own health, exercise in every park and manage blood glucose levels.


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Welcome to the new HbA1c Club

HbA1C is a medical term used in relation to diabetes and refers to glycated haemoglobin. It develops when haemoglobin, a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body, joins with glucose in the blood, becoming ‘glycated’.

Blood sugar levels

By measuring glycated haemoglobin we get an overall picture of our blood sugar levels over weeks or months. For people with diabetes this is important, as the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.

Healthy body Activities One club

But in Lambeth, volunteers are changing the meaning of HbA1c to Healthy body Activities 1 club – and looking for more volunteers to get exercise clubs going in Lambeth’s Parks. Exercise combined with a healthy diet can reduce the demand for insulin in the body and therefore help reverse Type 2 diabetes.

First volunteer

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, will lead the first group in Brockwell Park every Saturday at 9am. “Exercising together makes it easier to commit. The clubs won’t all start at 9am; people don’t have to come every Saturday, but I’ll be there. You can run, walk, jog, as long as you want and as fast as you want. The leaders don’t need to be fitness coaches, or people with diabetes, just people prepared to take ownership of their own. I hope we can get clubs started in every park in Lambeth.

Exercise is vital

“It’s inspired by my daughter being diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago. Since then I’ve found out everything I could about it. I got involved with the Lambeth Diabetes Network and the DESMOND programme – Diabetes Education Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed patients. I know that exercise is vital for managing glucose levels.

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