Joined the programme in 2018

Cities Changing Diabetes Madrid was launched in 2018 together with the city’s government institution responsible for health promotion and disease prevention; Madrid Salud, as the core local partner.

Madrid, Spain

There are more than 600.000 adults living with diabetes in the Autonomous Region of Madrid, half of them are undiagnosed. The city of Madrid is the most populated city of the country with more than 3,2 million inhabitants and a prevalence of diabetes of approximately 10% of its population.

Key facts and figures

In Madrid,


of children between the ages of three and 12 are overweight, of which 15,8 are living with obesity

In Madrid,


of adults are overweight, and 12,1 are living with obesity

The city of Madrid is aware of the scope of diabetes in the urban environment and the need for a specific approach to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Therefore, Madrid Salud has decided to collaborate with Cities Changing Diabetes to analyse the situation of diabetes in the city. 

Since 2018 the Cities Changing Diabetes partners in Madrid have been focusing on the ‘Food, Physical Activity and Health’ Programme (ALAS - Alimentación, Actividad física y Salud). The programme was established by Madrid Salud 10 years ago and is driving awareness about how habits of healthy food and physical activity can improve quality of life. For a decade the ALAS programme has been taking action to promote healthy living among Madrid’s citizens by running workshops focusing on how healthy lifestyle can reduce their risk of disease.

Watch a video about the ALAS programme here 

To learn more about the ALAS programme you can visit the local website here (in Spanish) 


"In the city of Madrid, we are aware of the importance of addressing obesity and preventing type 2 diabetes to improve the quality of life of citizens. With this objective we have been working for 8 years through the Food, Physical Activity and Health programme to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent these diseases. We believe that our participation in the CCD project will boost our actions in this regard."

 — Antonio Prieto, General Manager, Madrid Salud