In Devon there are around 79,000 people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, many of the risk factors associated with developing Type 2 diabetes are preventable through lifestyle changes. An innovative diabetes prevention programme to prevent people in Devon developing Type 2 diabetes is being delivered by Devon based charity Westbank Community Health and Care.
The costs of reduced productivity at work, due to people with diabetes not working because of death or poor health or working at a lower level of productivity, was estimated at nearly £9billion (2010/11). In response to this fact and that the numbers of people developing Type 2 diabetes is increasing, we are very keen to engage with employers to raise awareness of the diabetes prevention programme.
We would like to work with an organisation in Exeter who has a workforce that may be at higher risk because their work is sedentary in its nature, to conduct a Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Workshop which would involve taking a few non-clinical measurements and calculating a diabetes risk score. If you would like to work together on this, please get in touch with the Diabetes Prevention Team on t: 01392 824752 option 3 option 2.
Please can you also share the programme infographic and flyer with your colleagues which provides more information about the programme.
The diabetes prevention programme supports people at the highest risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Once referred by their GP, these people receive sustained help over a one to two-year period to make positive changes to their lifestyle, through a combination of one-to-one and group sessions.