Cities Changing Diabetes in Rome conducted a three-year mapping
project, examining the impact of urbanisation on type 2 diabetes in
the metropolitan area of Italy's largest city. The data gathered
during this process was used to develop the Rome Cities Changing
Diabetes Atlas, which provides information about the prevalence of
diabetes and contains information relating to health-promoting
policies, urban planning and community health.
Walking through Rome
The data from the mapping project revealed that 40% of Rome
residents consider themselves physically inactive3. To
address this, the city collaborated with its partners to create 74
walking routes that cover approximately 460km in Rome's metropolitan area.
The walking routes, which roughly 100,000 people use, allow
residents to engage in accessible physical activity for free. Special
measures have been taken to ensure that people living with diabetes
are encouraged to make use of these walking routes. Several other
cities in Italy have already been inspired to replicate this simple
but effective intervention. Designed by Olympic gold medallist
Maurizio Damilano, the routes cover urban, tourist, environmental and
athletic itineraries. The information is accessible via a smartphone
application that allows users to track how far they have walked and
interacted with other users.
Educating city managers for better health
Changing the health of urban communities requires health at the
centre of policy decision-making. A credible route to acquiring the
necessary skills and knowledge to create health-centred policies was
missing in Rome, leading Cities Changing Diabetes to work with the
Health City Institute to create the Health City Manager curriculum.
Offered at Roma Sapienza University, the course provides students
with the competencies and knowledge to manage city health effectively.
The graduates of this course can work with authorities responsible for
public health to ensure that health promotion and disease prevention
are considered when policies are made.
"Within the European Cities
Changing Diabetes programme, Rome was the first city to present a
passport with urban and tourist itineraries to visit specific areas
by walking through the city. Walking is healthy, and this
administration is proud of contributing to making Rome the first
walkable city by developing 74 itineraries which cover a total of
460km of wellbeing by encouraging exercise and healthy activities."
— Angelo Diario, Chair of Rome City Council's Committee for
Sports, Wellness, and Quality of Life
Download Rome action case Walking Route
Download Rome action case Health City Manager
Download Rome Urban Diabetes Declaration