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Saturday 15 November 2014


Susai Walks the Walk for Diabetes at Toongabbie Creek



WINSTON HILLS, 10.00am Eager to support a good cause, a group of about 20 early-risers this morning joined Susai Benjamin, Labor Candidate for the new State seat of Seven Hills, to walk Pemulwuy Loop and raise awareness of Diabetes. The walk wound along both sides of Toongabbie Creek through bush accompanied by the sounds of the creek and the calls of all sorts of birds.


The walkers later enjoyed a health-wise fresh breakfast amongst the fauna and flora of Third Settlement Reserve in Winston Hills. 


“Diabetes is a major issue for us in Australia, and even more so for those of us who live in Western Sydney where the incidence is higher than in the coastal parts of the city,” Susai said. Amongst those enjoying the outdoor walk and breakfast were a small boy who has recently been diagnosed as having Type 1 diabetes and a number of adults with Type 2 diabetes.”


Prior to setting off, walkers received an informative brief from Toongabbie GP Dr Murali Thiruvengadam who discussed the importance of a healthy diet and exercise in preventing the onset of the condition, which can affect every organ in the human body.


The event was supported by Diabetes NSW whose representative joined the walkers for breakfast.  Diabetes NSW notes, “in populations with a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, onset can be delayed, or even prevented, with the adoption of a healthy lifestyle which includes daily physical activity such as walking or playing sport and making changes to your diet by getting a better balance of fruit, vegetables, lean meats, dairy, nuts and other legumes.”


This morning’s event demonstrated these healthy lifestyle ingredients with exercise and hearty and delicious menu featuring muesli, fresh fruit, natural yoghurt, quinoa salad and light wraps.


More than $200 was raised at the walk and breakfast and donated to Diabetes NSW.  A final fundraising figure will follow on request.


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