JumpStart 2019



Jumpstart is a lifestyle programme that takes a holistic approach to managing diabetes and its complications through nutritional advice, health, education, getting active, family and community involvement.

Jumpstart is suitable for people from 15 years and up who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The programme is not just designed to last the 10 weeks and send students on their way, it is packed full of long-term resources such as a plate visually showing portion sizes, posters, booklets and a supportive community who all help hold each other accountable. The programme started back in 2014 as a collaboration with Pharmaco and YMCA. The programme has seen100’s of participants successfully complete the programme, increasing their fitness levels, losing weight, reducing or coming off medication, sleeping better and just overall feeling a lot better about their health!

Emily has joined YMCA Wellington as our new Jumpstart coordinator for 2019. She studied a one of a kind bachelor’s degree in Wales which focused on how exercise and nutrition can help in the prevention of modern diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  She has worked in the fitness industry since completing her degree and has worked with people of all ages. For the last 3 and a half years, she has run YMCA’s Jumpstart programme in Hamilton. Emily’s passion is in special populations; to help people with her knowledge, to help them move functionally, to overcome challenges through setting goals and make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Emily comes highly qualified for this role with a plethora of qualifications including:

BSc Sports Biomedicine & Nutrition

Certificate in Personal Training

Certificate in Fitness Instructing

Skills Active Assessor

Aqua Aerobics Instructor

First Aid Certificate

At Upper Hutt and across the country we have had some great results from our Jumpstart programme, we spoke to a couple of our graduates and got their take:

Meet Rodney, he joined Jumpstart after some family members put the pressure on him to sign up. Rodney hadn’t been in the gym for over 40 years but after getting news that his HBA1C had climbed up to 44, he was happy to go along to improve the next set of blood test results at the Doctors. In the first week, he lost his workout card but found inspiration from a gentleman on the bike next to him who was the same age but very fit. He started to increase the resistance on the bike each week, as soon as he started to see results he was addicted. He had an old bike in the garage, dusted it off and took it to the beach house to make sure the good work wasn’t going to be undone!

‘Walking out the door from a workout feels great’’

Rodney’s wife jumped on board to help him, reading about diabetes and food. “I did what my wife told me to do, now I have low carb beers at the golf club, cut down on yellow food and started to enjoy salads! My HBA1C is now 38, I have lost 12kg, I feel healthier, sleep better and my golf has improved! It’s just like giving up cigarettes, you’ve just got to do it, you must take ownership’’

Meet Amina, after falling into a bad lifestyle and being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she knew she had to do something and an online search lead her to Jumpstart.

What have you learnt from Jumpstart?

“I learnt so much from the programme and the people! It’s so hard to understand the information about diabetes when you search online. I now understand portion sizes and how important and effective exercise is in controlling your blood sugar levels

How has Jumpstart made a difference?

Before Jumpstart, I was so lethargic, I now feel fresh and way more active! I didn’t realise how much my weight gain had affected me. I lost 2.5kg whilst on Jumpstart and 5cm off my hips! Debbie and Helen’s encouragement kept me going (joining into classes) and they helped me believe in myself and to never say NO”

If you are interested in joining Jumpstart our next course starts on February 11th at 6 pm.

For more information, get in contact with Emily on 04 527 3380 or email her directly; emily@ymcawellington.org.nz