Team kicks off diabetes risk tool at football match

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A team from the Leicester Diabetes Centre kicked off the Leicester Changing Diabetes initiative at the King Power stadium earlier this month.

The aim of the day was to engage with football fans from both Leicester City FC and West Ham United in a bid to get as many fans as possible to identify their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Using the Leicester Diabetes Risk Tool, created at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, the team took some basic measurements and demographic information from the fans to give them their overall risk factor of developing type 2 diabetes.

Basked in glorious sunshine, fans from both teams were out in their droves with many happy to find out about their risk while also enjoying entertainment laid on by the Leicester City FC Community Trust.

During the course of the day many people were screened and some were identified as being at high risk of developing the condition.

Once they were assessed, the team explained why they could potentially be at risk and how they could lower their chances by making several lifestyle changes.

Health-related activities within the community were also promoted at the next stand so fans could then get practical ideas on how to improve and maintain their health.

Academic lead Dr Deirdre Harrington, who was in attendance on the day, said: "This was a great event that demonstrated how powerful a link with Leicester City Football Club could be for the initiative moving forward.

"It was great to speak with so many football fans who were eager to learn more about their health and make the necessary changes to try to avoid a type 2 diabetes diagnosis."

Information about type 2 diabetes, written by Dr Harrington also appeared in the match day programme, meaning awareness could reach a wider set of fans on the day.

Dr Harrington added: "Our hosts on the day Matt Bray, the Community Manager, and Alison Tripney, Community Director, from Leicester City FC Community Trust were extremely pleased with how the event went and expressed a strong desire for future collaboration promoting health and wellbeing across the city."

If you are interested in having the Diabetes UK Risk Score deployed in your organisation or group or at an event please email Leicesterchangingdiabetes@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Fiona Bailey