Cities Changing Diabetes in Bogotá is conducting both quantitative
and qualitative research to map the burden and prevalence of type 2
diabetes and metabolic disease to improve knowledge about the
challenge and be able to better address the vulnerability factors in
the city. The research will transform into an action plan with the aim
to turn Bogotá into a global leader in diabetes prevention as well as
other metabolic diseases.
Bogota poses many challenges to healthy behaviour and eating among
its residents. The interplay between social, economic, and cultural
barriers makes it difficult for people to access healthy food in a
convenient way. These dynamics affect people´s food rights and health.
Therefore, the primary focus is to develop strategies to consolidate a
local agenda of food security and food rights. The city has been
making progress in a foodscapes strategy to improve community food
environments and highlight the importance of the urban environment in
generating healthy food consumption patterns. Cities Changing Diabetes
in Bogotá is partnering with UNICEF and Gehl in this cause.
“This partnership will allow us to prevent diabetes, specifically
in children and teenagers, it will also position our city as an
international reference in prevention of this disease”
— Alejandro Gómez, Secretary of health, Bogotá