If you live with diabetes and are looking for a new challenge in
the New Year, Beat It, a free physical activity and lifestyle
program, may interest you.
Beat It is an eight-week physical activity and lifestyle program
delivered by Accredited Exercise Physiologists who undertake
The program involves moderate-intensity aerobic, strength and
balance-based exercises, as well as education sessions on healthier
Whether you have exercised before or need some help getting
started, Beat It will help you on your journey to a healthier and
more active life. Classes start slowly and build up as your
fitness, strength and confidence improves.
Your Exercise Physiologist will tailor individual exercises to
your specific needs within a friendly, motivating and supportive
Call us on 1800 177 055 to find out if there is a program near
What does the Beat It program
- An initial health and fitness assessment
- 16 group sessions (two per week)
- An individualised exercise program
- Education sessions throughout
- Progress tracking
- A final consultation
Are you eligible?
If you are registered with the NDSS and want to increase your
physical activity, and can get a Medical Clearance form signed at
your next GP visit, you're eligible. Because of the program's
popularity, we've had to exclude people who have participated in a
Beat It program in the past two years.
Importantly, you must be able to commit to the eight weeks of
the program (two sessions per week).
How do you get started?
- Call 1300 136 588 or visit Beat It to find out
more. Bookings are essential.
- Look out for your starter pack in the mail, and get your
Medical Clearance form signed by your GP before your initial
- Attend your 45-minute initial consultation with your
Beat It trainer before the program starts.
- Attend your group exercise sessions and education
sessions. You must be able to attend every session for the
duration of the eight-week program.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the program cost? Beat It is free for
participants to attend the first eight-week program. There are a
limited number of National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) funded
programs available across the state. You can contact us to find out
if there is a program near you.
Is there an age restriction on who can participate? There
is no age restriction to participate in the Beat It program. The
program is designed to meet your personal needs and can be modified
according to your current level of fitness and physical
Do I need medical clearance to participate? YES to ensure your
safety and ongoing good health, anyone with diabetes or other
chronic lifestyle-related conditions will require medical clearance
from their GP to participate in the program.
The results speak for themselves:
- 89% of participants have more motivation as a result of the
- 76% have a better understanding of exercise
- 61% made new friends
- 60% have higher energy levels
- 60% enjoy healthier eating habits as a result of completing the
- 35% have improved blood pressure
Feedback from participants
Still thinking about whether Beat It is right for you? Here's
some feedback from participants who recently completed the
"Beat It has given me a community and support to enjoy
exercise." 66-year-old male.
"I think most people will appreciate the social interaction in a
structured group as well as being able to talk to like individuals
about diabetes, as well as the physical benefits of doing the
exercises." 71-year-old male.
"I have met a great group of people to exercise with. I am more
encouraged to do more exercises and enjoy going." 57-year-old
"Getting out and socialising with other people, meeting new
people." 59-year-old female.