Otago School of Physiotherapy dean Prof Leigh Hale later launched an Otago-Southland community exercise research project.
The physiotherapy school has long been running an exercise and educational programme to counter type 2 diabetes.
Otago physiotherapy researchers recently received $1,181,772 in Health Research Council funding to undertake a three-year study of the programme’s effectiveness in helping people with type 2 diabetes to manage their health.
More than 300 people volunteered to have their blood tested yesterday at Pak’n Save to determine their blood sugar status. Other testing took place at some city pharmacies.