Diabetes UK ran a very successful Healthy Living Day in Southall, London, on 8 July opened by the Deputy Mayor for Ealing, Councillor Mrs Seema Kumar.
125 people attended the event held at the Dormers Wells Community Centre, and 66 people were tested to see if they had diabetes.
Diabetes and blood pressure tests
The day gave the local community an opportunity to receive diabetes and blood pressure tests with a nurse. The Healthy Living Day also included healthy eating demonstrations by Ealing Primary Care Trust (PCT) and presentations from Diabetes UK, The Stroke Association, British Heart Foundation and Ealing PCT's Choosing Health Programme.
A successful day
“We are delighted that the event went so well," said Juliet Enever, Diverse Communities Officer for London at Diabetes UK (pictured right with Deputy Mayor for Ealing, Councillor Mrs Seema Kumar.)
"The Dormer Wells Trust Community Centre is located at the heart of a diverse ethnic community and this gave us a great opportunity to reach people from a variety of backgrounds."
Reaching people from a variety of backgrounds
She added: "This is crucial because we know that people from black and South Asian backgrounds are up to four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and complications (including heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputation and kidney disease), at a younger age than the rest of the population.
More than 300,000 people of black or South Asian origin across the UK have Type 2 diabetes and approximately 70,000 have the condition but don’t know it.”