Partners have committed to jointly and timely develop measures and
activities that address the urban diabetes challenge in Lisbon. The
focus of Cities Changing Diabetes activities will be prevention,
education and awareness of diabetes among Lisbon´s neighbourhoods
including those of socially/economically disadvantaged communities and
minority ethnic populations.
"The City Council welcomes the
Cities Changing Diabetes program with open arms, because we identify
with the values that guide this initiative: It is fundamental for us
to promote the health of the population of our city and reduce the
incidence of a disease that is estimated to have reached 10.5% of
the population of Lisbon."
— Manuel Grilo, Councillor for
Education and Social Affairs, Municipality of Lisbon
"It is a great satisfaction to
have Lisbon as part of the Cities Changing Diabetes initiative that
calls on the active role of cities in the fight against diabetes.
Nowadays, it is known that the urban lifestyle, with a high calorie
diet, physical inactivity, stress, unhealthy food choices, among
others, is very much associated with higher incidence of diabetes,
obesity and other related diseases. We have to fight against this trend."
— José Manuel Boavida, President of The Association for
Protection of People Living with Diabetes in Portugal