Cities Changing Diabetes partner Lichtblick Hasenbergl is engaged
with more than 200 families from the area, which has a persistently
high unemployment rate and a high prevalence of obesity and diabetes.
In early 2021, eight young people from this care pool were motivated
to join a mountain bike team, with the promise of training and support
to build their strength, coordination, and endurance. Beyond physical
fitness, the intervention aimed to deliver a lasting improvement to
health, mental well-being and healthy eating.
months on, the participants embarked on an endurance weekend of
cycling through the mountains. The weekend kicked off with a health
and fitness evaluation followed by a multi-day ride. The participants'
physical and mental progress was evident, with fitness levels higher
than when the intervention began, and the mountains were truly
Lichtblick Hasenbergl has expanded its
offering, branching out into more sports, a Power Girls training
offering, nutrition education and swimming courses for children and
adults from the district. Great news, and a special well done to
participants Dominik, Sigi, Edmonda, Marleine and Ejorna – a fantastic
You can read about the case here.