Support available in Cheshire East for those with Diabetes.

By Lucy Bourne April 14, 2023

Support available in Cheshire East for those with Diabetes.

Terry Shufflebotham (left) and Vicky Specialist Health Advisor at Everybody Health and Leisure (Right)

Terry Shufflebotham (left), Type 2 diabetic, lowers his diabetic medication since attending Everybody Health and Leisure’s 12 week Exercise Referral programme and Specialist Health Advisor Vicky (right) at Everybody Health and Leisure.


Diabetes UK have released the news this week that “The number of people living with diabetes has topped five million for the first time, our analysis shows.” Read more here.

Registered Charity, Everybody Health and Leisure have been concerned about the rise in this often-preventable condition and have invested in training their Health and Fitness team in level 4 Obesity and Diabetes, ensuring they have the knowledge, skills and understanding to work with this long-term condition.

Kerry Shea Director of Health & Communities at Everybody Health and Leisure shares,

“We are saddened, but not surprised, that the number of people with diabetes has now hit the 5 million mark, with 90% of those being type 2 diabetic.

We know that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented with regular exercise and healthy eating. The benefits of exercise can’t be overstated for people with diabetes, such as helping to control weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

We would encourage everyone to move a little more and build regular exercise into their daily lives, this could be a gym session, swimming, a dance class or a brisk walk around the park. Ideally, we should all be aiming for 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise weekly, but any exercise is better than none.”

Once an individual has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and their condition is stabilised through the use of prescription medication, they are eligible to join Everybody Health and Leisure’s Exercise Referral Programme, a 12 week physical activity programme working with their dedicated Everybody Healthy Team.

Kerry Shea continues,

“We have seen some fantastic results from the programme, with 98% of participants increasing their levels of physical activity, 62% weight and BMI reduction and 76% reducing their waist circumference, some participants have even reversed their diagnosis.”

Terry Shufflebotham is type 2 diabetic and has benefitted from attending Everybody Health and Leisure’s 12 week Exercise Referral programme, lowering his diabetic medication.

Before starting the programme, Terry was inactive and very sedentary, achieving 0 days of moderate exercise. Since taking part in the programme Terrys fitness has improved dramatically as he doesn’t get out of breath as easily, achieving 7 days of moderate exercise per week, attending Everybody’s Multi Rehabilitation, Move it or Lose it classes and the gym on a weekly basis.

Terry’s health has improved physically and mentally, whilst on the programme, Terry achieved a 1 stone weight loss, his BMI went from 33.9 to 31.8, reducing his waistline by 10cm. His blood pressure lowered from 176/81 (Hypertensive stage 2) to 123/67 (Normal reading) and plans to continue with the membership and maintain regular exercise.

Terry shares

“Biggest impact was achieving weight loss and liked the flexibility of the programme. Vicky [Specialist Health Advisor at Everybody Health and Leisure] has always kept in touch, and I have liked the regular reviews.”

For more details on the Everybody Exercise Referral programme please contact the Everybody Healthy team on 01270 685589 or email  [email protected]


Notes to Editor

Everybody Health and Leisure is a registered charity which aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. The charity operates 16 leisure facilities including 9 swimming pools and 7 Taste for Life cafes across the Cheshire East region, and delivers a range of targeted health, sports and disability and inclusion programmes. For more information please visit: or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

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