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Juggling a busy lifestyle
After seeing his GP, Moses started a 10-week online course which covered different topics, mainly diet, lifestyle, exercise and mental health and wellbeing. There was also a course booklet where Moses could add in his thoughts and a fortnightly mid-week check.
While Moses was referred by his GP, anyone can also refer themselves to the course just by going online at preventing-diabetes.co.uk
The course started in March 2020, at the same time as the first wave of the Covid pandemic spread across the country, so all the classes over the 10 weeks were held online. Providing digital access to education courses allowed Moses to learn vital information about diabetes and its impacts. At a time when the in-person services were limited, and the NHS was under considerable demand the use of a digital platform enabled Moses to still receive valuable health information when he might otherwise have not. Digital courses allow people to work and learn in their own time which is vital when people have busy work and personal lives. While this meant that there was never the chance to meet anyone on the course face-to-face, it did mean that the service could still go ahead safely while the country was in lockdown….