Joined the programme in 2020

Genoa has defined itself as the health city of the Italian northern west coast.  With an administration strongly committed to guaranteeing health and well-being for its citizens, the city has taken important steps in favour of more healthy lifestyles to be further strengthened as part of the Cities Changing Diabetes programme.

The diabetes challenge in Genoa


Diabetes prevalence is 5,5% corresponding to about 46.000 people in the metropolitan city.


A high proportion of elderly people (about 30%) are over 65 years old.

Genoa adopted the ‘Health City Institute Manifesto’ in 2019, committing itself to the concept of health in cities as a common good and as a right to be guaranteed to citizens. For the municipal administration, health is placed at the centre of all urban policies and must be the subject of concrete actions to ensure correct literacy and access to health information for everyone with reference to urban health risks factors.

Joining the Cities Changing Diabetes programme is the first step towards preparing a health charter for the metropolitan city, which can be transformed into concrete policy proposals for the adoption of lifestyles that make citizens less vulnerable to diabetes.

Through Cities Changing Diabetes, Genoa Municipality in partnership with the University, Scientific Societies and other city stakeholders, will work to put the principles of the Urban Diabetes Declaration into practice by further studying the data of the disease and implementing concrete actions. The University of Genoa will be central in this study project to share information and knowledge to tackle diabetes, in close collaboration with scientific societies.

The goal is to encourage healthy lifestyles in the workplace, in large communities and in families, promoting an appropriate food culture, improving access to sports and exercise practices for all ages and developing sustainability-oriented urban transport policies and ensuring access to care, particularly among the elderly population and other groups who are at greater risk.

  • Genoa City Municipality
  • Liguria Region
  • University of Genoa 
  • Parliamentary Intergroup on QoL in Cities
  • Health City Institute
  • Italian Municipalities Association (ANCI)
  • IBDO Foundation
  • Censis Foundation
  • National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)
  • Institute for Competitiveness (I-COM)
  • Centre for Outcomes Research and Clinical Epidemiology (CORESEARCH)
  • Medipragma
  • Italian Diabetes Society (SID)
  • Italian Diabetologist Association (AMD)
  • Italian Society of GPs (SIMG)
  • Italian Society of Paediatric Endos (SIEDP)
  • Cittadinanzattiva
  • VINCE GENOVA association
  • Adult diabetes association (FAND)
  • Young diabetes association (ADG)
  • CONI