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 enagaging 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.
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