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Eat Smart Think Active

Eat Smart Think Active (ESTA)

About ESTA

ESTA is a free, NHS-run, interactive course designed to help people with type two diabetes lose weight and also improve, or maintain, control of their blood glucose levels. ESTA facilitates participants to be able to manage their weight and diabetes control independently for life.

ESTA runs over eight sessions across venues in Bedfordshire. The first two meetings are two hours long, while the remaining six meetings are one and a half hours long. The sessions are fortnightly for seven sessions, with session eight a month later.

During the programme you will look at and discuss the topics below through fun, engaging activities;

Session one – ‘on your marks’

  • Icebreaker
  • Expectations
  • Overview of healthy eating
  • Goal setting

Session two – ‘eye on the target’

  • Energy balance
  • Activity
  • Portion sizes

Session three – making sense of nonsense

  • Carbohydrates
  • Activity
  • Goal setting
  • Eating out or food swaps

Session four – surfing the Urge

  • Cravings
  • Fats
  • Label reading
  • Goal setting
  • Medication talk by Nurse

Session five – ‘take five’

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Activity
  • Eating behaviour chain
  • Mindful eating

Session six – ‘social savvy’

  • Hydration
  • Activity
  • Triggers
  • Alcohol
  • Social pressures to eat

Session seven – ‘keeping the ball rolling’

  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Rewards
  • Grazing and leftover calories
  • Attitude traps

Session eight – ‘keep smart, stay active’

  • Putting the puzzle together – learning from the course
  • Weight maintenance
  • Action planning

So why should you come along?

ESTA: Diabetes is only for those people with type 2 diabetes so it is a really unique chance to talk to other people in the same situation as you.

We have had great success in ESTA . Participants tend to lose about 4% of their body weight and most continue to lose weight afterwards.

How to find out more

To ask any questions or to book on to our free course, please contact one of the ESTA team on the email address or phone number below:

07767 311 424 or email ESTA@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk.


Patient testimonials

“I like the emphasis on finding a way that is right for you”

“I have enjoyed the interaction with others with the same type of diabetes who share my concerns”

“ESTA is an enjoyable way of looking at things”