Council health scheme helps man reverse diabetes

Paul Willems <i>(Image: Cherwell District Council)</i>
Paul Willems (Image: Cherwell District Council)

A man has made significant progress in reversing his diabetes through a council-run healthy living scheme.

After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Kidlington resident Paul Willems was inspired to change his life for the better following a referral to the Move Together scheme – a programme that is coordinated by Active Oxfordshire and Cherwell District Council.

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For many, receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be an overwhelming prospect, and this was no different for 55-year-old Mr Willems.

Mr Willems said: “When I was diagnosed, I was worried about my health.

“I felt well but knew I needed to be more active and get the motivation to make much-needed changes.”

To help Mr Willems kickstart his journey of health, he was referred to a dietary and lifestyle session held by Move Together, which acted as a catalyst for him to create some healthy habits.

Mr Willems continued: “Attending Move Together and seeing all the different activities and memberships on offer in my local area really inspired and showed me that it was possible to take control of my health and turn my diagnosis around.”

Since starting his health journey in early 2022 Mr Willems has seen a significant improvement in his health and is well on the way to reversing his diabetes diagnosis thanks to his hard work and commitment to a new lifestyle routine.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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