Strasbourg will become the first French city to join the Cities
Changing Diabetes programme. A broad coalition of stakeholders has
come together to make Strasbourg the forefront of prevention targeting
young people and vulnerable people living in precarity. Their actions
will be deployed in Strasbourg from the end of 2020 and for a minimum
of three years.
First of all, Cities Changing Diabetes will implement a prevention
project targeting youngsters and schoolkids to prevent overweight,
obesity and diabetes. Indeed, it is from the earliest age that social
inequalities in health begin to appear. For this reason, the actions
aim to raise children's and their parents’ awareness in the fields of
health, food, and sustainability.
In order to combine physical activity, food prevention, and the
risks coming from unhealthy food, the project is articulated around
the construction of two smart greenhouses installed in relevant places
(schools, social-cultural centres or associations). Around these two
greenhouses, a program of preventive health and adapted physical
activities will be built by a local association (Siel Bleu).
The second pillar will focus on a prevention project
for vulnerable individuals living in precarity, with the objective
to prevent obesity and diabetes. This is why the project combines
diabetes prevention and food education through the Food Banks
network: cooking and health advice sessions will be held every month
with the local Food Banks and the local Diabetes Association
(AFD67). This project has given ideas to other municipalities in
France and will be implemented in other areas. This collaboration
will include the presence of a food truck travelling and meeting
the recipients of food aid. In addition, training and
prevention heath tools will be created. For instance, prevention
support for people experiencing food insecurity will be rolled out.
Finally, the third pillar programme will strengthen the knowledge
on urban diabetes through a scientific study lead by a private
sector partner and the European Center for the Diabetes Research
(CeeD). The study will first enable to map the extent of the burden of
diabetes by focusing on the health status of Strasbourg’s
residents. Then the ambition will be to evaluate the intervention
activities in two to three years’ time via an impact study.