The Diabetes Project

Preventing diabetes through dance: free 5 week programme

Take part in one of our city programmes aiming to tackle the health worries and stigma of living with diabetes 

Every Monday from 4 November – 2 December, 10:30am-12:00pm
Venue: St. Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, Highfields, LE2 1DA 

Every Thursday from 7 November – 5 December, 10:30am-12:00pm
Venue: Aakash Odedra Company Studios, 32 Belgrave Road, LE4 5AS 

Each session includes a one hour dance class with a Shiamak instructor followed by 30 minutes of informative discussion and advice from diabetes research professionals 

To sign up contact the Education Team at Aakash Odedra Company via email: or call 07926004915

About the diabetes project

As deep-rooted, local organisations, we want to contribute to the prevention of diabetes and support those living with diabetes, while bringing about inter-generational and inter-cultural exchange and cohesion in our diverse county. This fun and inclusive project will encourage people to get moving, give the community practical skills and advice on how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, and aims to reduce the risk of developing diabetes amongst our participants.

Aakash Odedra Company and Moving Together will work in partnership with Leicester Diabetes Research Centre to deliver a series of practical sessions that will provide the following;

  • Active dance classes to encourage all participants to engage in physical movement
  • Workshops giving detail on how to live a healthy lifestyle including nutritional information
  • An opportunity to monitor progress on risk factors such as weight, BMI and heart disease

The pilot scheme

Through the pilot scheme, our intention was for early intervention to contribute towards decreasing the risk of participants developing diabetes, as well as preventing those with the condition from worsening. The sessions ultimately aimed to reduce the demand on hospital and GP services by tackling the problem before it became a bigger issue.

The project took place over a period of 6 months including recruitment, session delivery and evaluation. A target group attended weekly sessions over 12 weeks. The pilot was a great success and we have planned to deliver the scheme at additional venues across Leicester.