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Diabetes: Health Education

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th February 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of diabetes among (a) young people and (b) the general public.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is a partnership between NHS England and NHS Improvement, Diabetes UK and Public Health England and works closely together to raise awareness of diabetes with patients, public and healthcare professionals.

Diabetes UK provide the ‘patient voice’ for the programme by leading on user involvement activities and ensuring the programme is tailored to service users’ needs.

One output of the NDPP has been an annual Diabetes Prevention Week, which NHS England and NHS Improvement, Diabetes UK and Public Health England run as a joint campaign, undertaking a range of targeted activity to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes, the complications associated with the condition and how to prevent it.

In March 2016, Public Health England (PHE) launched One You, a campaign targeted at men and women aged 40-60 to encourage them to make healthy changes such as increasing physical activity, improving diet, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption, to reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes.

Additionally, PHE’s Change4Life campaign encourages families across England to ‘eat well, move more’. Type 2 diabetes is highlighted in the campaign as a potential health consequence of poor diet and inactivity.

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