The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity continues to rise on most continents, and there is increasing recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic and response strategies (for example, school closures, country lockdowns and trade restrictions) are exacerbating challenges regarding child nutrition and wellbeing.
During the past month, partners of Cities Changing Diabetes in Lisbon undertook a large screening campaign in the city. The campaign, which was carried out at food distribution centres linked to the Covid 19 Emergency Food Support Program of the Municipality of Lisbon, will continue until the end of 2020.
On November 13th, just before World Diabetes Day, the European capital city of Strasbourg becomes the first French city to join the Cities Changing Diabetes programme. Strasbourg was chosen because of the high prevalence of diabetes in its region. But beyond the figures, Strasbourg and its region have also a very rich ecosystem of companies and associations promoting innovative initiatives for prevention and health promotion.
World Diabetes Day, which acknowledges the challenges faced by millions of people living with diabetes around the world, is an important day for all engaged in our network. To mark the occasion, we are pleased to welcome six new cities to the network. Today, Strasbourg will become the first French city to join the Cities Changing Diabetes network, and tomorrow, on World Diabetes Day, we will welcome Bogotá in Colombia, and Bologna, Turin, Bari and Genoa in Italy. To learn more about the launches, have a look at our other articles on our website.
In relation to World Diabetes Day, the Italian cities of Bologna, Turin, Bari and Genoa will officially become part of the Cities Changing Diabetes global network. The official announcement in Italy will be made at the XXXVII National Assembly, which is the most important annual meeting of Italian Municipalities.
In the spirit of the day, an event will be broadcasted focusing on how the city plans to be part of the solution to tackle the challenges of diabetes. The event will feature a talk show type of event hosted by a locally renowned journalist Silvia Corzo, who will present this important milestone on the ground from different locations in Bogotá relevant to Cities Changing Diabetes.
The city of Copenhagen’s Center for Diabetes has published a detailed guide to how they support citizens with diabetes. The 100-page catalogue describes all its interventions to support citizens in Copenhagen with type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.