Health written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) administrative support the Government has given to campaigns to raise awareness of the risk factors for diabetes.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The national health service (NHS) next stage review, 'High Quality Care for All', published on 30 June 2008, announced the introduction of the Reduce Your Risk campaign, which will raise awareness of the vascular checks programme and vascular conditions generally, including diabetes. Copies of this publication have already been placed in the Library.

In addition to this, The Change4Life campaign is a forthcoming £75 million social marketing programme that is part of "Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: A Cross Government Strategy for England" (copies of which have already been placed in the Library). The campaign will support and encourage people to live healthily by helping them to make significant and sustained choices to behaviours around diet and physical activity. This will also help prevent obesity and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases.

Through the Section 64 general grant scheme (now known as Third Sector Investment programme), we have given a total of £305,976 in support of three projects that include raising awareness of type 2 diabetes since 2005.

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