New fitness pilot for Peebles diabetics

A FITNESS pilot study for people with type 2 diabetes is underway in Peebles.

Borders Sport and Leisure (BSL) personal trainers at Gytes Leisure Centre are setting up exercise and healthy eating programmes to help patients manage their condition without medication.

The social enterprise’s chief executive Ewan Jackson said: “It is great to have our personal trainers put their skills to use in such a potentially life changing way. As an organisation we are keen to push forward initiatives that help to remove the barriers to exercise for members of the community and encourage people to live healthy, active lives.”

The programme, called Take 2, is backed by The Borders Diabetes Managed Clinical Network, and new participants are encouraged to join.

Mr Jackson said: “We hope Take 2 will make it easier for type 2 diabetics to start to become more active by giving them the support, encouragement and motivation that our personal trainers are skilled in delivering.”

If the pilot study proves helpful BSL hopes to extend it to other areas within the region.

For more information on Take 2 contact the Gytes Leisure Centre on 01721 723 688