A press conference to launch the programme and coalition will be held
on this day, with local authorities and the Ambassador of Denmark.
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.
“We are pleased to be part of this major project. It is clear to us
that this collaborative action will improve the quality of life of
vulnerable people and, in the long term, reduce their risk of
developing diabetes", says Jean-François Thebaut, Vice-President
of the French Diabetes Federation.
The programme will first implement a prevention project targeting
young people and schoolkids to reduce overweight, obesity and
diabetes. Two smart greenhouses will be set up in an association
and a primary school. In addition, a programme of preventive health
and adapted physical activities will be created and deployed by ‘Siel
Bleu’, a local association and prevention actor.
The second pillar of the programme will feature an
intervention around diabetes prevention and food education with
a focus on vulnerable individuals living in precarity. The
intervention will be rolled out with the participation of the National
Food Banks Network: cooking and health advice sessions will be held
every month with the local food banks as well as the local diabetes association.
A scientific study with the European Centre for Diabetes Research
(CeeD) will then strengthen the knowledge on urban diabetes in the
first phase of the project. Finally, the centre, in partnership with
the City of Strasbourg, will conduct an evaluation of the project on a
long-term perspective, to strengthen the sustainability of the
programme and devise of adapted activities in the future.
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