First Diabetes-Specific Fitness Center To Open In Norwell

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The best way to predict how well someone will manage their diabetes is by how much support they get from family, friends and their local community.

Type One is building that supportive community.

The first athletic center to focus on type 1 diabetes wellness, Type One Fitness, is now under construction at 386 Washington St., Route 53, Norwell.  Individuals and families living with diabetes and the local community can connect with credentialed fitness trainers, nutritionists and use state of the art exercise equipment and studios.

Type One is committed to expanding and enhancing support for the many families and individuals living with diabetes throughout the South Shore. The new 11,000-plus square foot, first-class wellness facility will be occupied by Type One Fitness (6,000-plus square feet) with plans to include services such as massage therapy, Pilates, physical therapy, etc. to complement the facility.

About one in 500 people in the U.S. are living with type 1 diabetes. Less than one-third of people with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. are achieving target blood glucose control levels. Better fitness, better nutrition, and better support can change that.

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Type One Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Hingham, is dedicated to providing essential funding for research for a cure for type 1 diabetes while also helping to ensure that those living with the disease have the support and resources they need to survive, strive and achieve their dreams.

Type One Fitness will provide a fully integrated health program for type 1 diabetes patients and the general public. The center offers a place for real time conversation and education for those living with type 1 diabetes. Outside of a medical facility, there is currently no facility that welcomes and merges a comprehensive type 1 diabetes connection with the general public.

“There has been a significant increase in new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youth and adults in the U.S.,” explained Paul Foti, co-founder of Type One. “This is extremely concerning. Living with type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, is a lifelong challenge. As a community, we must do all that we can through awareness, education, and support.”

Type One Fitness will provide clients and members with a daily program of exercise and a healthy approach that perfectly suits their lifestyles and needs. Along with Certified Personal Trainers, Nutritionists, and life coaches, the facility will be equipped with the latest technology, media, cardiovascular equipment, ellipticals, bikes, rowers, treadmills, strength training, free weights and functional and flexibility machines.

Type One Fitness is the brainchild of Foti and Type One co-founder Tyson Sunnerberg, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 21 years old and knows firsthand that the right resources and support make all the difference in the world when it comes to managing this disease. Five years ago, at the age of 5, Sunnerberg’s daughter Elyse was also diagnosed with type 1, which intensified his drive toward a cure, and provided a firsthand understanding of the constant challenges the entire family faces when living with an individual with type 1 diabetes.

Construction is being handled by Callahan/Hoffman Company, Inc. of Norwell.  A capital campaign for the build-out is underway.

To learn more about and support Type One Fitness, visit the website at