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 more than 30 cities around the
world, reaching more than 150 million individuals, to help prevent and
control urban diabetes.
The Cities Changing Diabetes programme is built on three
interconnected elements: Map, Share, and Act. The programme enables
cities to understand their own urban diabetes challenge, 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, partner cities get a global overview of the
challenges associated with urban diabetes and have access to key
insights and learnings from solutions that are being driven around the world.
The Cities Changing Diabetes Briefing Books, the Urban Diabetes
Toolbox, and the upcoming Urban Diabetes Action Framework are
effective engagement tools that provide decision-makers and city
practitioners with a common understanding of the severity of urban
diabetes and how to take action to halt its rise.
The Urban Diabetes Action Framework is the latest addition to the
resources offered by the Cities Changing Diabetes programme. It is an
interactive guide that helps drive impactful interventions on urban
diabetes and obesity. It offers step-by-step guidance, simple tools to
help on the journey, and best practise cases to draw inspiration from.