Leicester’s campaign to prevent type 2 diabetes

East Midlands
Published Date: 12 Dec 2018

Leicester Changing Diabetes is a partnership programme with Novo Nordisk and the Leicester Diabetes Centre based at Leicester General Hospital.

The global initiative Cities Changing Diabetes was created by pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and was launched in response to the dramatic rise of diabetes within urban areas. As part of this programme, two exciting pilot schemes have been launched in Leicester involving the Centre for BME Health, which is NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and the University of Leicester.

Walking Cricket started in September and is an excellent opportunity for participants to engage in physical activity in a fun and friendly environment. This is a partnership project with Leicestershire County Cricket Club who provide coaches for these sessions. This programme is being run at Leicester Arena, home of the Leicester Riders. The scheme is open to over 50s and has proved very popular.

Healthy Goals is the other project launched in September. This is a joint partnership project with Leicester City Football Club Community Trust and Active Leicester. This programme focuses on both empowering participants with healthy lifestyle education sessions as well as physical activity sessions led by coaches from LCFC.

Due the success of both schemes, more are planned for the New Year. For more information, email Sunny Rohit on sunny.rohit@leicester.ac.uk.