Cities Changing Diabetes in Lisbon is committed to generating new
data on the social and cultural determinants of obesity and diabetes
and making sure that these non-communicable diseases are placed high
on the healthcare agenda and on the agenda of those who design and
manage the city.
On-the-spot diabetes screening
To raise awareness of diabetes when the COVID-19 pandemic limited
access to health services in 2020, Cities Changing Diabetes Lisbon
offered on-the-spot diabetes screenings. The screenings consisted of a
type 2 diabetes risk assessment conducted with a digital app that
delivered instant results. If the results indicated that the
participant fell into a moderate-, high- or very high-risk category,
they were invited to take an HbA1c test immediately. Appropriate
follow-up care was then scheduled when the participant received their
blood test results.
Changing the food environment
Cities Changing Diabetes Lisbon, Gehl and the Portuguese local
association Locals Approach, are working together in the Ajuda parish
to co-create a foodscape assessment toolkit, test the toolkit, and
advance community-based projects that make it easier for people in the
community to access healthy food. The local approach makes it easier
for researchers to connect with community members and collect data on
their experiences accessing healthy food. The data will be used to
understand the relationship between the public realm and the
community’s everyday food behaviours. From here, policy decisions can
be better informed, and strategies can be developed to bring about
long-term changes in the food environment.
"Lisbon City Council's mission
today is, above all others, PEOPLE. And promoting HEALTH in all
fronts is a mandatory point of honour. It is therefore with great
enthusiasm that Lisbon embraces the partnership Cities Changing
Diabetes. Together, we can more actively and effectively promote
health literacy, encourage positive change in lifestyle and thus
contribute more effectively to the prevention and containment of
diabetes, that affects more than 10% of the Lisbon population."
— Sofia Athayde, Councillor for
Human and Social Rights, Health and Education, Municipality of Lisbon.
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