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Rugby star Chris Pennell to lead fitness session with Bath players at Bath Health and Wellbeing Fair

April 4, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Rugby full back Chris Pennell of Worcester Warriors will reveal how he stays match fit and lead local school children in a series of exercises at the Bath Health and Wellbeing Fair on Tuesday 4 April. Bath full back Tom Homer and other members of the Bath rugby team will join him for the fitness session, which will be the highlight of the event organised by the volunteer-led Bath Diabetes UK Group.

Chris Pennell, who has Type 1 diabetes, a life-long condition that cannot currently be prevented or cured and that requires daily insulin injections to stay alive, will give an inspirational presentation about how he manages his condition on match day. He will then take 20 school children and some adults with diabetes through some regular training and pre-match warm-up exercises.

Chris Pennell said:

“I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 19 and was worried that a sporting career would no longer be possible, but I’ve learnt that if you manage your diabetes well then you can achieve anything. That’s the message I want to pass on to other young people with Type 1 diabetes at the Bath Health and Wellbeing Fair, while emphasising to adults and children without diabetes how important it is to look after yourself, keep fit and eat well to prevent Type 2 diabetes developing in years to come.”

Phaedra Perry, south west regional head of Diabetes UK, said:

“We know that for some people with type 1 diabetes a diagnosis can feel like the end of their aspirations due to the complexities of having to manage the condition. We want young people with type 1 diabetes to know that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a barrier to achieving your dreams, as Chris has demonstrated, and that Diabetes UK is here to support them.

“Meanwhile, three out of five cases of Type 2 diabetes, which usually develops later in life, can be prevented or delayed if people maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet and are physically active.”

Clive Johnstone, chair of the Bath Diabetes UK group and organiser of the event, said:

“The Bath Health and Wellbeing Fair will be crucial in inspiring and encouraging people with all types of diabetes, and those without, to lead healthier lives. It really is an event not to be missed.”

The Bath Health and Wellbeing Fair, which is being organised by the Bath Diabetes UK local group, aims to inspire people of all ages to keep active and have a healthier diet, and raise awareness of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in children and adults alike. It will take place from 4.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at Hayesfield Girls’ School, West Wing, Upper Oldfield Park, Bath BA2 3LA. Entry is free.

There will be exhibition stands on fitness, healthy eating and nutrition, and new technology for people with diabetes, and the opportunity to find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and how to reduce this. The fair is taking place in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bath and North East Somerset CCG, Virgin Care and Hayesfield Girls’ School.

For further information, please contact bathdiabetesgroup@gmail.com


April 4, 2017
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Hayesfield Girls’ School
West Wing
Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3LA.
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