Life! program results

Diabetes Victoria has been undertaking evaluations to understand the effectiveness of the Life! program. The key evaluation outcomes are participants’ improvements in behavioural outcomes (diet, physical activity, and sitting behaviours), physical outcomes (weight and waist circumference), and blood pressure measures (systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure).

Additional evaluation outcomes include participants’ perceived impact of the program on helping them increase knowledge of risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease, improving skills in adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours, and making positive changes to lifestyle behaviours, as well as participants’ satisfaction with the program.

In 2020-2021, 95.6% of Life! participants reported making positive changes to diet, 93.1% reported making positive changes to physical activity and 96.7% rated the program as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

 

  • 95.6% Life! participants

    reported making positive changes to diet

  • 93.1% Life! participants

    reported making positive changes to physical activity

  • 96.7% Life! participants

    rated the program as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’

  • Evaluation and evidence

  • The Life! program effective in improving outcomes and reducing risk factors

    Conference presentation topic: The Life! program was effective in improving behavioural, physical and bio-medical outcomes, and reducing diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

  • Online adaptation of a lifestyle modification program for CALD communities

    Conference presentation topic: Online adaptation of a lifestyle modification program effective for culturally diverse communities.

  1. Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Diabetes Care, 2014. 37(4): p. 934-942.
  2. Dunbar, J.A., Diabetes Prevention in Australia: 10 Years Results and Experience. Diabetes & Metabolism Journal, 2017. 41(3): p. 160-167.
  3. Reddy, P., et al., Life! in Australia: translating prevention research into a large-scale intervention. The British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease, 2011. 11(4): p. 193-197.
  4. Vaughan, C., P. Reddy, and J. Dunbar, From rural beginnings to statewide roll-out: Evaluation of facilitator training for a group-based diabetes prevention program. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2010. 18(2): p. 59-65.

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