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Leicester — Healthy Goals

The programme

Healthy Goals is an education and physical activity programme that helps South-Asian communities in Leicester prevent the rise of type 2 diabetes. It spans twelve weeks and focuses on education, lifestyle changes, and physical activity.  

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“The Healthy Goals programme gives attendees the chance to participate in some gentle physical activity, foster motivation and confidence, develop skills to make healthy lifestyle changes, and meet new people. We’ve overseen three different groups so far and feedback has been so positive that we’re currently recruiting people to see how a fourth round could happen safely during these times of Covid-19.” — Dr. Sophie O’Connell

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“The Healthy Goals programme gives attendees the chance to participate in some gentle physical activity, foster motivation and confidence, develop skills to make healthy lifestyle changes, and meet new people. We’ve overseen three different groups so far and feedback has been so positive that we’re currently recruiting people to see how a fourth round could happen safely during these times of Covid-19.” — Dr. Sophie O’Connell

Leicester - Healthy Goals

Outcomes

Though based on small numbers at present (24), measures for weight, blood pressure, body fat, fat mass, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference had reduced amongst participants from baseline readings to follow-up.

When looking at the 15 individuals who provided full baseline and follow up data, we can see that they were statistically significant reductions in waist circumference, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure, but only a borderline significant reduction in BMI. Other measures were not significant.  This could be down to small numbers who provided full data.

Key lessons learned

● Programme design is optimal when it adapts to the local context and to the stakeholders involved in the delivery and the reception of the programme.

● Community and peer support were critical in the success of the programme.

● Igniting a sense of personal responsibility and fostering confidence and capability to look after one’ health is highly effective, when combined with the right kind of education and support.

● Reaching individuals rather than expecting individuals to come to the programme’.

Stakeholders

Leicester Diabetes Centre, Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health, Leicester City Council, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, University of Leicester, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, Leicester City in the Community Club, local neighbourhood centre, local medical centre, Novo Nordisk.

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