Today, not enough is known about the dynamics of how urban development can drive diabetes, or how it can deliver potential health benefits to city living.

To address this, in 2014 the Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, University College London, and Novo Nordisk launched Cities Changing Diabetes. The programme is designed to address the social and cultural factors that can increase type 2 diabetes vulnerability among certain people living in urban environments. Today, the programme has established local partnerships in 22 cities. 

 

The Cities Changing Diabetes programme has three interconnected elements: Mapping, Sharing and Acting. The Cities Changing Diabetes programme enables cities to contextualise their own urban diabetes situation, to set goals for halting the rise of type 2 diabetes in their city, and to work across sectors and disciplines to unite stakeholders behind a common cause. 

Through the programme, participating cities can get a global overview of the associated challenges and learn from possible solutions tested in existing partner cities from around the world.

The Cities Changing Diabetes briefing books and the Urban Diabetes Toolbox are strong engagement tools that provide city shapers with a common understanding of the severity of urban diabetes.

The Cities Changing Diabetes programme
has three interconnected elements:

Mapping

Mapping

In each city, we start the programme by generating a body of collective knowledge about urban diabetes: what’s working today? Where are the challenges and priorities for the future?

Sharing

Sharing

We continuously share what is learnt and connect the dots between cities. This enables everyone involved to gain from the experience and knowledge of others and create solutions for their own local needs.

Acting

Acting

Together with our partners, we work to scale up solutions that target urban diabetes through health promotion and urban design, and enable us to drive action through the programme.