People across the UK will be finding out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and learning more about healthy eating and physical activity as our Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow buses take to the roads again for the 2014 season, with our first stop today in Sutton.
Three buses will travel the UK over the next six months, stopping at 60 locations to offer quick and confidential assessments so that people can find out if they may have, or are at risk of developing, Type 2 diabetes.
The roadshows are funded by money raised from the Bupa Great Run Series, thanks to our three-year partnership with Bupa which allows us to work together to help people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. We do this by highlighting the risk factors and encouraging people everywhere to live healthier lives.
Last year, the big blue buses saw almost 20,000 people step on board to find out their risk and discuss healthy lifestyle options with our friendly volunteers and dietitians.
There are around 7 million people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes. People are at higher risk if they:
- are overweight, especially if they have a large waist
- are over 40 (or over 25 if they are South Asian, Black African, African Caribbean or Chinese)
- have a parent, brother or sister or own child with diabetes
- have ever had high blood pressure, a heart attack or stroke
If you are considered to be at high or moderate risk, you will be asked to visit your GP for further tests and discussions.
Because 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes could be delayed or prevented with lifestyle changes, the roadshow can often be the first step to turning your health around. Around half of the people who were referred to their GP at a roadshow last year have already made a positive change to their diet or activity levels
As well as getting risk assessed, you can have a go in our physical activity zone, the perfect way to start moving.
Look out for our buses in your town, or visit our schedule to see when we’ll be visiting your local high street.
If you can’t make it to a roadshow, you can use our online risk assessment tool to find out your own risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.