For Josephine Lio, what started out as being a supportive friend by going to the gym resulted in her joining the YMCA Jumpstart programme, because she wanted to make a positive change in her life. Before starting the programme Josephine said she often made poor food choices, and didn’t stick to ideal portion sizes.
After losing 25 percent of his 240 kilograms, Chris Kanuta, 42, is attempting to inspire others to get active.Two years ago, the Avondale resident was almost a quarter of a tonne and couldn't walk more than five steps without a rest. He was also living with type two diabetes.
Then he found aqua aerobics and Jumpstart, an exercise, nutrition and lifestyle education programme for people with diabetes run by the YMCA. He is now down to about 180kg, and is half way through his journey to reach his goal weight