Diabetes awareness Champions
The Diabetes Awareness Champions project raises awareness about diabetes and highlights particular risk factors including family history, life style, polycystic ovary syndrome and ethnicity.
Champions give their time on a voluntary basis and deliver their health messages in various settings from churches, mosques, community centres, fun days in parks etc. They are primarily focused on sign posting people with a potential risk of Type 2 diabetes, identified via a diabetes risk assessment process.
Champions undergo a considerable amount of diabetes training, continuous on the job training, and refreshers to enable them to refer/ sign post people appropriately.
Significantly champions are recruited from all socio-economic classes and ethnicities, utilising peer-to-peer/carer experience as a powerful strategy to reduce the impact and prevalence of diabetes and its related health conditions. Information is provided on what is diabetes, nutrition, on annual checks including the foot etc. The Public are made aware of NHS Health Checks which provides a range of tests, including Hba1c ( blood glucose) cholesterol, dementia etc between ages 40 to 74 except if already under a doctor for another chronic condition.
The Diabetes Awareness Champions work across Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham. If you would like to find out more about the project or have a Diabetes Awareness stall at your event or organisation, contact the Diabetes Champions Coordinator, Howard Tingle on 07984 410 569
DIABETES AWARENESS CHAMPIONS CASESTUDY
Tesco shoppers pick up Diabetes Awareness with their groceries!
Last weekend the Diabetes Awareness Champions descended on the Tesco Superstore on West Cromwell Road, Kensington, raising awareness amongst weekend shoppers of how to prevent and and manage Type 2 Diabetes. The condition is an increasing problem in the area with 10% of the population expected to be sufferers by 2035.
For three days, 10 Champions ran two engaging stalls by each of the store’s entrances, giving out information to shoppers and conducting diabetes risk assessments and blood pressure checks.
Funded by Public Health and the local CCGs, and based at PDT, the Champions are local volunteers who receive large amounts of specialist training on Diabetes ranging from its causes and symptoms to how to manage the condition through diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.
Overall the Champions spoke to 780 people and carried out 37 risk assessments – a fantastic achievement and huge contribution to helping local residents avoid or manage their diabetes and live healthier and happier lives.