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’.