Diabetes Exercise Superstars

The DES Program

There are more than 2million people in Australia with Type II Diabetes. If you are one of these people or you know someone please read this!

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Why should you exercise?

Because there is so much medical evidence that says that exercise is the next best thing to do to help live a longer, more productive life next to good nutrition.

Who should do this program?

If you have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, or Pre-Diabetes.

There is no age limit on the program, the program is catered to suit each person

How do I get involved?

If you have Type II Diabetes, you are most likely elligible for medicare rebates for the first 8 weeks of the program.

If you are pre-diabetic just call and we will organise a time to meet with you

Register your interest for the Diabetes Exercise Program

We will never spam you. That's a promise!

Benefits of Exercise if you have high blood sugar or Type II Diabetes

Demonstrated relationship between resistance exercise and immediate decrease of blood glucose and long-term effects after 3 months of consistent exercise 2-3 times per week

Social group setting. Train with people with the same problems and same fears as you. Support each other in achieving a positive health outcomes


Possibility the most important. Train in an environment where no one judges you for having a medical condition, instead supports, encourages you and picks you up if you falter.


Why is this program named DES?


Des Bendall, Current Stronger for Longer Member (9 years)


Des Bendall is well known at Vector Health and Performance. He is one of those people we will never forget. Des was diagnosed with Type II diabetes a number of years ago and initially came to the Stronger for Longer Seniors Health Program to help with balance and to help control blood sugar.


He has proven a lot people wrong, by keeping coming to the gym for the past 9 years. He is an incredible inspiration to anyone with Type II Diabetes, that you can make changes no matter how old you are, no matter where you are when you walk through our door.


We named this program after him as he fits exactly what we want to do to 1000 people in Rockhampton:


"We want to change your life through exercise by being non-judgemental, by being positive, by being excellent at what we do, and we want to do this by offering unrivalled care to every person we interact with."


It does not have to be hard, you do not have to feel like you are dying when you are doing exercise. You can even talk and get progress at the same time! "Des sure lives this message!!"

This is some of our team that will be here to help you all the way through, from your first step onwards and upwards...

Exercise helps control blood sugar!

Demonstrated relationship between resistance exercise and immediate decrease of blood glucose and long-term effects after 3 months of consistent exercise 2-3 times per week

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Social group setting. Train with people with the same problems and same fears as you. Support each other in achieving a positive health outcomes



Exercise in a Non-Judgemental Facility



Possibility the most important. Train in an environment where no one judges you for having a medical condition, instead supports, encourages you and picks you up if you falter.



Highly Qualified


Our team is skilled and trained to work with you. We have a highly experienced Exercise Physiologist, and Diabetes Educator to help coordinate the program.

Lose Weight


We have found that often, as people start exercising, they are more inclined to start to lose weight, which helps overall health, especially the way you feel when doing physical activity.

Psychological Benefits


It has been demonstrated across numerous studies that regular exercise can help to improve mental health, reducing anxiety and depression symptoms.

Some information about Vector Health and Performance

This is a short clip about our weight loss program, which is very closely aligned with our DES program.

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"...I feel 1000 times better for being part of this program, I have and would recommend ‘Restart’ to anyone wishing to make significant changes or just to feel better about themselves. At no time did I feel intimidated or judged by participants in the program or trainers, I only ever received encouragement."


Suzanne (Member of Restart your Life Program)

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We have the answers

How many days a week is the program?


The program is either 1 or 2 supervised sessions per week with access to attend our facility for an optional 3rd day per week, after the first few weeks.

What sorts of exercise do I have to do?


It is a range of exercises in the first 4 weeks as we aim to teach you what you NEED to do. The level is according to your individual level at the time. Our main aim is to make the first 4 weeks about learning, and getting used to an exercise routine that you can keep coming back and doing.

How long is the program?


The program is coordinated in 8 week blocks. You can continue on after the program is finished and there are a range of options on how you can do that, which we generally talk to you about close to the conclusion of the program.

Do I have to be fit to do the program?


No! We WANT you to come now, don't wait "until I am fit" to do a program like this! We are used to taking people from unfit to fit. We have a system of introducing people to exercise and making sure you have an enjoyable experience. We know that if you have diabetes, exercise is GOOD for you. So, we really want you to come and do the program to start seeing and feeling these benefits!

2 hours a week of your life could save your life in 10 years time.

We want to positively impact 1000 people with Type II Diabetes in the next 5 years in Central Queensland. Are you someone we can help to give you better quality of life in 10 years time, or maybe in 3 months time depending on how you are now.