In 2018, Buenos Aires received the Active City certification which
works as an important platform for the work to address diabetes,
obesity and overweight.
Developing an activity monitoring system
Cities Changing Diabetes in Buenos Aires is working with academics
from Liverpool John Moores University and Universidad Favaloro to
develop an evidence-based tool to promote physical activity in
children as part of the Youth Activity Profile (YAP) research project.
Currently, there is no national standardised and accurate measurement
tool to assess the level of physical activity in children. The goal of
the YAP project is to develop and validate a tool to measure the level
of physical activity in children and young people. This monitoring
system will allow the city to create better public health policies and
intervention strategies to prevent NCDs.
Goals to transform a vulnerable neighbourhood
for the Cities Changing Diabetes team in Buenos Aires will be to work
with local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to bring about change
in one of the city’s vulnerable communities. This will be achieved
through the creation of urban gardens, healthy eating and physical
activity interventions, sustainable transport options and education
around road safety.
"To meet the pressure and challenges brought by rapid growth
and the consequences of sedentary lifestyles, especially among
children, we’ve standard the power of physical activity and sport
when key players work together to deliver transformative programmes.
The Buenos Aires Global Active City certification is a unique model
that helps us capture and meet the complexity of our task, focusing
on action, impact and continual improvement."
— Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires