For Cities Changing Diabetes Belgrade, the ambition is to improve
health equity among citizens with diabetes and prevent people at an
elevated risk of developing diabetes.
The first joint initiative as part of Cities Changing Diabetes is
the project: "Open the Blue Circle". The name of the
initiative refers to the intention of the project to break the vicious
circle caused by urban diabetes and to open the city to the needs of
the inhabitants who are affected by urban living. It also alludes to
the fact that the platform is open to all who wish to contribute to
making the city a healthier place to live.
The online platform provides users with information about diabetes
and specially designed walking routes in the city. Participants who
sign up to the initiative can "collect kilometres" by
walking the routes. These kilometres will then be converted into
financial donations from Novo Nordisk to aid in the fight against
diabetes in Belgrade. The funding will be dedicated primarily for
supporting primary diabetes care units in the capital, as recommended
by the study prepared by the Belgrade Faculty of Medicine that is also
to be conducted within the project.
Open the Blue Circle project consists of three different activities
aimed at prevention of diabetes and obesity through physical activity:
- Group walking sessions in urban areas for patients and other
people interested in development of healthy lifestyles. Group
session have been conducted under the guide of medical nurses as
well as professional trainers, while the doctors also attend
occasionally and provide patients with valuable pieces of
- The school of Nordic walking
- Mountain hiking
sessions for overweight people and diabetes patients outside of the
Apart from various physical activities, attendees have also been
provided with a possibility to do a basic blood sugar level check
before and after physical activity.
“Project Open the Blue Circle is important for our society from
various perspectives. It promotes physical activity and raise
awareness about healthy lifestyles. In addition to that, it reminds
all of us, to make contribution to improve lives of people with
diabetes as well as to help further prevention of this disease in
— Mr Zoran Radojicic, Mayor of Belgrade.
Belgrade action case