ONE man is packing a punch when it comes to knocking out chronic disease in the community.
Kamilaroi man Ray Kelly returned to Coledale this week to promote healthy living and a way to reverse type 2 diabetes.
Mr Kelly is calling for people to take part in the new research program at the Coledale community centre which can help reverse the disease through diet, exercise and weight loss.
Mr Kelly spoke at a chronic disease event at The Youthie on Wednesday which drew a strong turnout from the community.
The former Biggest Loser trainer said it was a good feeling to bring his diabetes program home.
"It's really important because a lot of the people I will be helping, will be people I went to school with and their families, so it means a lot," he said.
He said the event at The Youthie - organised by Healthwise - was important because it helped spread burgeoning diabetes research.
"It was a good opportunity to let the community know what is happening around the world of type 2 diabtes and the paradigm shift away from managing the disease to reversing the disease," he said.
HealthWISE senior Aboriginal health worker Jye Millgate said the event was hopefully empowering.
"Hopefully community members can be empowered by this event by taking ownership of their own health and taking down the barriers which stop them from seeking professional advice," he said.
- People can register for Mr Kelly's diabetes program at the Coledale centre.