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About Beat It

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Free 8-week group exercise program

Beat It is an 8 week fitness program that involves moderate intensity aerobic, strength and balance based exercises as well as education sessions on healthy living.

This life-changing diabetes and exercise program can help you get back into a healthy routine to better manage your diabetes and other chronic lifestyle conditions. 

“Exercise was tailored to my needs and capabilities. The trainers were patient and encouraging.”

Don, 78 years


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Who is Beat It for? 

People living with, or at risk of, diabetes or other chronic lifestyle conditions who want to increase their physical activity levels.

Whether you have exercised before or need some help getting started, the Beat It program will tailor individual exercises to your specific needs within a friendly and supportive environment.

Get your health and fitness back on track today.


To participate, you must be able to commit to the 8 week program

(2 sessions per week).

Classes start slowly and build up as you become fitter, stronger and more confident.

Exercise professionals tailor specific exercise programs to each individual based on your needs.

This program is run by exercise professionals who have undertaken training with Diabetes NSW & ACT.

What’s involved?

The 8 week program includes:

  • An initial one-on-one assessment with an exercise professional
  • Exercise program tailored to your abilities and fitness levels
  • 16 group exercise sessions (2 per week)
  • Education sessions on various healthy lifestyle topics
  • Tracking your progress
  • Final consultation. 

Want to find out more about the Beat It exercise program? Take a look at this video to find out more including what other participants think of the program.

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Receive an exercise program tailored to your individual needs.

Exercise trainer with clipboard

Benefit from the expertise of a qualified exercise professional.

Women sitting down using resistance bands

Build lifelong skills for managing your health. 

Benefits of the program

Beat It is an evidence-based program which incorporates the proven benefits of aerobic exercise and strength training in maintaining good health and managing chronic conditions such as diabetes.

  • Improves your overall health and wellbeing
  • Improves your cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance and flexibility
  • Improves blood glucose levels and diabetes management
  • Improves mood and mental well-being
  • Improves heart, brain, bone and joint health.

All while giving you the opportunity to socialise while getting active. 

90% of participants reported that they now include exercise in their diabetes management plan


How do you access the program? 

Are you living with diabetes and registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)?

If you answered yes - you can access the program for FREE. Please visit our events calendar for upcoming programs in your area. 

If you answered no - you are eligible to access a private Beat It program. There are a number of Beat It trainers who offer private programs across NSW, ACT and QLD. These programs typically incur a small fee to access. You may be able to obtain a Medicare referral from your GP to subsidise the cost of accessing the program. Discuss this with your trainer prior to joining.

If you have diabetes and are not registered with the NDSS - speak with your doctor, it is free to join the NDSS and you will gain access to a range of services, information and subsidised products. (For more information visit the NDSS registration page).

Is there an age restriction on who can participate?

Anyone over the age of 18 can participate in the Beat It program. The program is designed to meet your personal needs and can be modified according to your current level of fitness and physical capabilities.

Do you need medical clearance to participate?

To ensure your safety and ongoing good health, anyone with or at risk of diabetes and other chronic lifestyle-related conditions will require medical clearance from their General Practitioner prior to participating in the program.

Can you exercise with diabetes? 

Yes you can

The Beat It program has had some great success stories from people living with diabetes.

Beat It participant Sharyn

"It’s so incredible. It saved my life it really did."


Sharyn, 60, type 2 diabetes

Beat It participant Martin

"The social component was extremely significant."

Martin, 64, type 2 diabetes

Beat It participant Leah

“I decided to do something for me."



Leah, 49, type 2 diabetes

“This program is the greatest gift to someone living with diabetes who may need a helping hand to get back on track.”

Lisa, 58 years


How to register 

If you are living with diabetes and registered with the NDSS, visit our event calendar to view our NDSS funded programs.

Alternatively, if you are not eligible for a free NDSS funded program you can contact one of our Beat It Trainers who may be running a private program in your local area.

Want to become a Beat It trainer?

Are you a registered exercise professional who is interested in becoming a Beat it Trainer and delivering the Beat it program?

Visit our Diabetes Qualified website for further information.

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