Prioritising early intervention in local schools
Experts from Cities Changing Diabetes in Poland collaborated with
researchers from Lazarski University to compile a report titled
Schools, communities, systems – Partnership against the epidemic of
obesity and diabetes (read the report here). The report explores the
health, attitudes and behaviours of Polish students and teachers in
the context of obesity and diabetes.
The report outlines the clinical and social aspects of diabetes,
synthesises the history of obesity and type 2 diabetes and reviews
secondary research on the health and lifestyles of Polish students. It
also provides the findings of a survey conducted among 4,200 primary
school teachers in Warsaw and Krakow.The survey explored the level of
knowledge that these teachers have about diabetes, their experiences
teaching students with type 1 diabetes, and their subjective
assessments of body weight and lifestyle.
The report includes recommendations about possible interventions.
The Cities Changing Diabetes team in Warsaw will support local
authorities in planning and implementing interventions to prevent
obesity and type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents. These
solutions will potentially be used as models for local interventions
"There is no doubt that the
Cities Changing Diabetes programme is a timely initiative in Poland.
The great advantage of the programme is the possibility of adapting
its activities to the specificity of our country, which is of
particular concern to the Cities Changing Diabetes Scientific
Council. We have taken a long-term decision to concentrate the
activities on the community of children and schoolchildren; hence,
the first step in Poland was to investigate the knowledge and
pro-health attitudes of teachers as a group educating pupils."
— Professor Leszek Czupryniak, MD, Head of the Department of
Diabetology and Internal of the Medical University of Warsaw