The Life! program
The Life! program is a course for people at high risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The program encourages participants to adopt healthy behaviours and a more active lifestyle to reduce their risk of these three serious conditions. Funded by the Victorian Government and provided by Diabetes Australia – Victoria, Life! works with participants to help them achieve their behavioural goals and live a healthier life.
Key to the Life! program is the support participants gain from trained health professionals including a dietitian and exercise physiologist. The participants receive support to improve their nutrition and increase physical activity to reduce their weight and waist circumference.
The Life! program is delivered in two different ways to suit you – through either a group-based course or individual Life! telephone health coaching sessions.
The program takes place over six months to allow participants time to put their new skills into practice.
To be eligible for the Life! program you must be:
- Aged 45 years or more and have scored 12 or higher on the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Assessment (AUSDRISK) tool OR
- Aged 18 years or more and be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and have scored 12 or more on the AUSDRISK tool OR
- Aged 18 years or more and have previously been diagnosed with heart disease or gestational diabetes OR
You are not able to enrol if you have diabetes, clinically active cancer, a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease in the last three months (such as angina/ angioplasty/ myocardial infarction) and you must not be pregnant.