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
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 more than 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.
Cities Changing Diabetes has helped assess the efficacy of this
programme and is collaborating on new diabetes prevention initiatives.
An informal report based on the Cities Changing Diabetes research
conducted with the data collected from 1,629 people indicates that the
ALAS programme interventions are working. An impressive 85% of the
participants in the high-risk programme managed to lose weight, and
35% of the participants classified as prediabetic managed to normalise
their blood sugar levels.