Diabetes Prevention Week (1 – 7 April) events
Newham CCG carried out two successful Diabetes Prevention Week (1 – 7 April) events, one for staff at Unex Tower and one for our local community at Queens Market, Upton Park. At Queens Market the team saw over 250 people who wanted to get advice, find out more and talk to them about diabetes and their possible risk. The team also carried out over 50 health checks. Local Councillor Firoza Nekiwala, Assistant Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, also came along to support the event and hear about the work we are doing around diabetes prevention. Here at Unex tower staff were able to learn about the risks of diabetes, have a health check and use the online risk score to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Anne Marie Maher-Vyas, Head of Commissioning and Transformation, who led on the delivery of the diabetes awareness week, said: "In Newham there are over 27,789 residents diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and 1 in 8 people in the borough are also estimated as being at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future, that's why our work in diabetes prevention is so important. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle changes so it's our job to educate people on making the right choices to improve their future health."