Working alongside local communities has allowed Cities Changing
Diabetes partners in Leicester to understand the community’s specific
needs and create tailored interventions.
Empowering the community with healthy goals
The Cities Changing Diabetes partnership in Leicester has resulted
in two key programmes so far: the Healthy Goals programme and the
Empowering Communities programme. The Healthy Goals programme,
which Leicester City runs in the community, is tailored to meet the
needs of those from the local South Asian community in particular. The
programme offers participants the opportunity to engage in physical
activity and to receive culturally-appropriate education and advice
regarding healthy lifestyles.
The Empowering Communities programme has trained local
champions to help raise awareness about type 2 diabetes within their
communities. In addition to promoting healthy behaviours and sharing
information about how the risks of developing type 2 diabetes can be
reduced, these champions also play a vital role in directing their
peers to the appropriate health services.
"The Cities Changing Diabetes initiative has brought many
partners and stakeholders across Leicester together to tackle a
common cause: to improve the prevention and management of type 2
diabetes in the city. It has allowed partners to learn from one
another and to make the best use of the different skills we have
locally to tackle the challenge."
— Sophie Leonardi, Operational manager, Centre for Ethnic Health Research
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