World Bicycle Day is a chance to celebrate the bicycle's versatility, affordability and superb environmental credentials and its role in supporting more sustainable, healthy and inclusive societies. The day is marked annually on 3 June, and this year we have an even stronger than usual Cities Changing Diabetes connection to join in the celebrations.
On 27 June, we will host the next CCD Rounds webinar, when participants can learn about an uplifting programme making family dinner time a fun, community and relationship-building asset in the quest for better urban health and healthy eating.
We held the 13th CCD Rounds webinar on 4 May, which was focused on practical experiences with developing social impact investments for obesity and diabetes prevention. The webinar was co-hosted by our global partner Dalberg, and shared experiences from two cities – The Hague (NL) and Aarhus (DK) - about how a social impact investment model can potentially fund interventions and reduce urban health inequalities.
Recently, two stakeholder meetings in Italy demonstrated the potential for our existing city partners to share their experience, create awareness and motivate potential new partner cities. The first meeting took place in April at the City Hall of Varese, a day before the city's annual EcoRun event. Representatives from Cities Changing Diabetes met with local stakeholders, including the General Director of the Local Health Unit, the Medical Hospital Director, and representatives from Scientific Societies and the regional Counsellor. The meeting focused on discussing the mission and values of Cities Changing Diabetes and its work in the eight partner cities across Italy.
Yesterday, on 9 May, I attended the Velo-City conference in Leipzig, Germany. I was joined as a panellist by inspiring speakers from Uganda, Sweden, Chile and Germany. The session, working together towards equitable environments, captured the power and necessity of collaboration in the quest for more inclusive, healthy, and equitable environments. Speakers showcased what a vital contribution a transition to sustainable active mobility can make. With more than 60 countries represented, the conference was a great knowledge-sharing opportunity and very much in the spirit of Cities Changing Diabetes.
Sharing knowledge is a hallmark of the Cities Changing Diabetes programme, and I’m pleased to share that even prospective members benefit from our network's spirit. Last week, a delegation from the ‘Gezond en Gelukkig Den Haag’ (Healthy and Happy The Hague) coalition in The Netherlands spent two days with practitioners from Tingbjerg Changing Diabetes and the Aarhus social impact bond project.