The partners have committed to jointly develop timely actions and
activities to address diabetes, obesity and CVD issues in the borough.
The focus of Cities Changing Diabetes activities is on prevention,
improving diabetes care and raising awareness of diabetes, obesity and
CVD in Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf.
To develop suitable joint interventions, the first joint step was
to conduct an epidemiological study as part of a Rule of Halves
analysis to closely examine the diabetes situation in the district.
The aim was to find out where the target groups at risk are and how
the appropriate projects can be set up.
Promoting a physically active city
The first major joint prevention project was the 30x30 Challenge in
2021, which was a physical activity campaign based on an app that
recorded participants' minutes of physical activity. This month-long
campaign encouraged residents to engage in 30 minutes of physical
activity every day. The popular and effective campaign achieved what
many physical activity campaigns fail to do – increase physical
activity in the relevant target group. The challenge, promoted via a
successful social media campaign, attracted 6,842 participants who
collectively logged 270 million steps. Of those who participated in
the challenge, 85% committed to engaging in more physical activity
following the challenge, and 90% said they would be keen to repeat the challenge.
Working to reach vulnerable residents
Cities Changing Diabetes in Berlin works to reach more of the
city's vulnerable residents through a conveniently located district
health kiosk. The kiosk will provide residents access to care areas,
including nutrition, exercise and counselling. Residents will be
offered information on diabetes and obesity and advice regarding
exercise and nutrition. The kiosk will also be used to pilot primary
and secondary prevention measures for type 2 diabetes, obesity and
cardiovascular disease. The programme will undergo statistical
monitoring and evaluation.
“We need an awareness that
diabetes is an issue we all face together. It is time to act! We
have enough think tanks, we now finally need a do tank.”
— Dr. Christian Toussaint
(internist and diabetologist, Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf)
Berlin action case