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
Through the pilot scheme, we hope early intervention will contribute towards decreasing the risk of participants developing diabetes, as well as preventing those with the condition from worsening. The sessions ultimately aim to reduce the demand on hospital and GP services by tackling the problem before it becomes a bigger issue.
The project will take place over a period of 6 months including recruitment, session delivery and evaluation. There will be a target group who will attend weekly sessions over 12 weeks, as well as a final event which will bring all of the above elements together. We hope to produce a report at the end of the pilot which will be used to develop further ideas for preventative activity.