Diabetes Action Month - ‘Act Now to Live Well’


Imagine receiving the news that you have developed Type 2 diabetes just days before your 39th birthday.  It’s not the sort of birthday surprise anyone would wish for.

In this month’s issue of Diabetes Wellness magazine, we met the incredible Kim Thompson – a mother of 5 from Christchurch - who found herself in this exact situation. 


November is Diabetes Action Month – and all of us here at Diabetes New Zealand are focused on urging ALL New Zealanders to Act Now to Live Well’

At the heart of everything we do here at Diabetes New Zealand, is our mission to ensure those with diabetes are supported to live well – and to encourage families to make the changes that need to happen to prevent diabetes from happening at all.

Today, we ask for your help with this vital work – this month is also our ‘Act Now to Live Well’ appeal month. Please give generously by clicking on the DONATE button below to see this life-saving message continue to spread around the country.

Kim has shown incredible commitment and bravery to making the changes needed – with some incredible results.

She reflects: “In the months since having my world tipped upside down, I have found a new love for life. I eat less, I feel great, I have more energy to play with the kids and live life to the fullest. It was scary at the start – but I have now lost over 40kgs and for the first time in years, I feel amazing!”

And she has an inspirational word of advice for those looking to make the same changes;

“Don’t let diabetes define and control you, take small steps, make small changes every day and before long they will become normal and you will forget the old habits. Find support where ever you can, especially in your whānau, take this diabetes and kick it in the butt!”

We couldn’t be prouder of you and your family Kim! 

I wish all of you the very best as you ‘Act Now to Live Well’ in the future – as happier, healthier Kiwis.

Yours Encouragingly,

Heather Verry

CEO of Diabetes New Zealand


‘Yes! I want to help more Kiwis get the life-saving message to ‘Act Now to Live Well’


CLICK HERE to read more about how serious Kim’s situation was when diagnosed and what changes the Thompson family made together.