With the Cities Changing Diabetes programme, Turin wants to promote
interventions taking into account socio-economic and cultural aspects
to improve the health of its residents.
Promoting physical activity
Turin has many natural advantages as a city with 21 square
kilometres of green areas, 320 kilometres of tree-lined avenues, and
207 kilometres of cycle paths. Taking inspiration from Rome, another
Italian city in the Cities Changing Diabetes network, Turin has
established an itinerary of walking routes through the city’s
These routes, which cover almost 100km of urban walking paths, are
collated in a pocket-sized guide called the Turin Passport. Through
this initiative, Cities Changing Diabetes in Turin aims to promote a
culture of physical activity in the city.
Training health city managers
As was the case in other Italian cities in the network, Turin also
organised a special Health City Manager course with the support of the
Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani. This course is
designed to equip participants with the skills necessary to support
local authorities in their efforts to incorporate health into policymaking.
Activating social relations to combat disease
Cities Changing Diabetes in Turin is running a pilot project in
Vallette that focuses on activating social relationships to improve
health outcomes. Community support can play a vital role in disease
prevention through the dissemination of accurate information and the
exchange between peers regarding healthy behaviours and choices.
To share accurate diabetes knowledge, a mobile diabetes information
booth called the Dirittibus was created to spread information
about the condition and to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy
eating and physical activity.
"At present, the most critical
problems can only be understood and solved if an analysis is made of
the social, economic and environmental determinants and the risk
factors impacting health. The relationship between health, quality
of life and the environment is now a topic of central interest for
the social, environmental and medical sciences."
— Alessandro Stecco, President of the Health Commission of
the Piedmont Region
Download Turin Urban Diabetes Declaration