Charity tracks Huppert to raise awareness of diabetes

November 9, 2010 10:52 AM
Huppert backs diabetes campaign

Julian ready to take the 50 day challenge

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has been fitted with a pedometer to track how many steps he takes during a typical Parliamentary week to raise awareness of the need for physical activity to prevent diabetes.

Julian will wear the pedometer as part of a 50 day challenge backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and MPs.

He was fitted with the device during a special MPs diabetes testing event organised by the Silver Star Health Challenge at the House of Commons.

Julian also took a quick and simple Type 2 Diabetes test to raise awareness of the need for public testing of the condition.

Cambridge residents can keep track of Julian on the Silver Star website at www.silverstaruk.org and the winner of the 50 day challenge will be announced in February 2011.

Julian said: "So many people are unaware that they have diabetes, so I'm encouraging all my constituents to take this test. It takes just two minutes, but it can save lives. It's also important for people to take regular exercise, so I'm looking forward to the results of the pedometer challenge."

The NHS spends £1 million an hour on diabetes related illnesses and it is estimated that more than one million people in the UK may have diabetes without knowing it.

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