How the Leicester Changing Diabetes team has been collaborating

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The Leicester Changing Diabetes are keen to partner with the other Cities Changing Diabetes cities in a bid to learn from their findings.

Here are some examples of what we have done so far:

Houston exchange

Members of the Leicester Changing Diabetes travelled to Houston in 2018, where the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) programme has been in place since 2014.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and obesity is the most common chronic condition there, affecting 32 per cent of adults. Obese men and women in the American city have a seven-fold and 12-fold risk, respectively, of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Together, CCD and Houston stakeholders have discovered that faith is a great way to promote awareness of diabetes, which is also a key area of focus for the Leicester team. 

A Faith and Diabetes Initiative has been launched in an effort to engage leaders within faith communities around diabetes awareness, prevention, and treatment. As Leicester is home to a large multicultural society, it was thought the Leicester team could learn a lot from them.

They discovered the Faith and Diabetes Initiative helps to empower lay leaders in diverse communities of faith address pressing health issues, with a special focus on diabetes. Educating faith leaders to deliver diabetes prevention education to their congregation is seen as a practical and sustainable method of education and therefore the Leicester CCD team has made it a key priority.

The Leicester and Houston teams have formed a close bond and continue to work closely together. Now, Leicester are currently exploring how the theme of “spirituality and health” can be incorporated into the diabetes self-management programmes that is being run at the Leicester Diabetes Centre. A new programme called Safer Ramadan could be an ideal programme to do this.

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 Team Novo Nordisk

A lot of work is being done in Leicester to help make the city more bike friendly and the Leicester Changing Diabetes team has been doing all it can to support this.

Research has already shown how beneficial cycling can be in an urban environment because it reduces air pollution and congestion, as well as encouraging people to become more active, reducing their chances of developing type 2 diabetes and other conditions.

Since Leicester Changing Diabetes started in May 2018, the team has hosted a number of cycling events, in collaboration with the type 1 diabetes team Team Novo Nordisk. Their riders have a mission to educate, inspire and empower. Although the Leicester Changing Diabetes programme focuses on type 2, rather than type 1 diabetes, the healthy lifestyle message and empowering people to overcome barriers is the same for either condition.

In August 2018, Team Novo Nordisk rider Sam Brand and Ambassador Brais Dacal appeared at the Let’s Ride Leicester festival. The event was so successful it was shortlisted for a tourism award and was also a great example of how stakeholders can work together to encourage mass participation across the city.

To read more about their visit click here or visit the Team Novo Nordisk website.

Just three months later, Brais Dacal returned to Leicester for World Diabetes Day. He appeared at a local adapted bike event run by Wheels for All and The Big Local. Peter for Leicester Wheels for All wrote a blog post about the event and posted a fun video.