Super stars step up for Diabetes NZ
Some of the country’s most famous faces and top business minds are stepping up to the plate this February for Diabetes
New Zealand’s annual Fitbit MoveMeant Challenge.
Every year Diabetes NZ partners with champion sponsor, Fitbit and prominent New Zealanders help drive awareness of
diabetes in New Zealand. Through the Fitbit MoveMeant Challenge participants are challenged to step up their exercise to
outdo fellow competitors.
In previous years, this challenge has attracted some stellar competitors like Jacinda Ardern and Andrea Hewitt. This
year a new group of Kiwis has accepted the challenge to ‘Join the MoveMeant’. Health and wellbeing heavyweight Art Green
will be up against the nation’s sweethearts Brett and Angel Renall (Married at First Sight NZ) to out step and claim the
championship for 2018. Other competitors include the formidable Mark Richardson, yogi Rachel Grunwell and leading
presenters Nickson Clarke, Sam Wallace, Mel Homer, Carly Flynn and Toni Street.
This year, the celebrity line up will go up against the nation’s brightest business leaders and industry professionals.
Previous winner, Andrew Barnes from Perpetual Guardian was champion in 2015 and is back on board this year armed with
the task of reclaiming his title. National MP Hamish Walker will compete against Sir Eoin Edgar, Dr Lee Mathias, Sir
Ralph Norris, Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement and Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers (from New Zealand Police) and
Mitchell Brown from Rotary New Zealand.
Diabetes New Zealand’s new CEO, Heather Verry, says the challenge of helping New Zealander’s living with diabetes is
growing each year. “Diabetes in New Zealand touches the lives of so many. Nearly everyone knows a friend or a loved one
managing diabetes on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we estimate that there are still around 100,000 people that are
living undiagnosed, which can lead to serious consequences. Our aim is to raise awareness, with the help of our
influential friends competing. If one person is diagnosed with diabetes and given the tools to manage it effectively
because of this challenge, then all the steps are worth it.”
Verry is excited to see the Fitbit MoveMeant Challenge line-up for 2018. “What a turn out! We are proud to have so many
supporters stepping up and out for diabetes. No doubt there will be some serious competitive banter between the
Diabetes NZ is a charitable organisation that helps support the New Zealand community living with diabetes. Diabetes is
New Zealand’s fastest growing health concern, affecting more than 257,000 children and adults nationwide. Diabetes NZ
has branches across the country specialised in providing support, information and resources to New Zealander’s living