The course is designed to give exercise professionals practical knowledge to allow them to work confidently with clients or class participants who are obese or living with diabetes. The course covers the causes, pathophysiology and management of obesity and diabetes. It explains the importance of appropriate exercise interventions giving you practical programming examples and a clear understanding of the considerations and precautions to be taken when prescribing and instructing exercise.

Course content was reviewed and approved by the following organisations: Vanessa Warren – Owner of The Wellness Clinic and a REPs registered trainer specialising in obese and bariatric clients. Lynne Taylor – Manager - Diabetes Christchurch Inc. New Zealand.

Aims and objectives of course:

  • To provide students with key background knowledge about obesity and diabetes.
  • To increase their understanding of the risk factors, co-morbidities and management of these conditions.
  • To provide information around safe and appropriate exercise options.
  • On completion of the course students will be able to prescribe and instruct safe and appropriate exercise to people living with obesity or diabetes in a 1-1 or group setting.

Author Bio:


Kris Tynan is the Programme Director of Exercise as Medicine NZ, a charity based in New Zealand working with exercise and long-term conditions. Kris has a Physical Education Diploma from the University of Otago (NZ). She is a REPs registered trainer and is qualified as a Functional Ageing Specialist with the Functional Ageing Institute (FAI) in the US. She has completed the following qualifications in Cancer and Exercise Management; Cancer U Fitter (UK), Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification Course with Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI) US, and Exercise for the Management of Cancer (Edith Cowan, Australia). She has also completed specific training in Arthritis and holds the GP Referral Qualification from the Wright Foundation (UK).