IT’S NO SECRET that many New Zealanders are overweight or obese, and diabetes is an increasing problem. The cost of this to the individual and the Health Service is enormous.
EVERYONE KNOWS that a better diet and suitable exercise are the answer. It’s a struggle though, because the eating and drinking habits of a lifetime cannot easily be changed. As for exercise, we have good advice from SPARC but not much practical help.
The most popular exercise is WALKING with the “10,000 steps” scheme to encourage us. Walking can be very pleasant and is possible for many people in good weather, but research has shown that unless it