Published on 20 May 2024

DRWF join NHS Type 2 Prevention Programme teams during events throughout Hampshire and Portsmouth.

DRWF will be joining teams from the NHS Type 2 Prevention Programme, managed and run by Xyla Health and Wellbeing, at community events to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes.

Xyla Health and Wellbeing are hosting three community events as part of a type 2 diabetes prevention programme throughout the week 20-24 May.

The following events are scheduled, featuring blood pressure and BMI checks.

Horizon Well Being Hub, Meridian Shopping Centre, Havant
Monday, 20th May
Portsdown View Care Home, Bedhampton*
Wednesday, 22nd May
Fratton Park Tesco, Portstmouth*
Thursday, 23rd May

*DRWF in attendance at these events providing diabetes information and resources.

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Type 2 Prevention Poster 2

The community events are part of Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week,the joint campaign from NHS England and Diabetes UK taking place from 20-24 May.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risk of type 2 diabetes and how to avoid it. It will encourage the public to check their risk via the Know Your Risk tool.

There are 13.6 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But for many people there are steps to take to reduce the risk. A free, simple and potentially life-saving assessment to better understand individual risk of type 2 diabetes can be carried out, using the Know Your Tool for example. This will be on offer as well as other health checks at the events on the day.

Claire Kavanagh of Xyla Health said: “If someone is at moderate to high risk, the tool will advise them to contact their GP practice for a blood test. If their blood sugar levels show they’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, then they may be eligible for referral to their local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

“Our Healthier You groups for the evidence-based lifestyle change programme which helps people at risk of type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk through managing their weight, eating more healthily and being more physically active are running well across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”

For information about Healthier You groups in your area visit here

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Type 2 Prevention Poster 3

The campaign encourages healthcare professionals to refer eligible people to the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Claire added: “We are reaching out to the public in events at a city supermarket and neighbourhood care home. The aim is to raise awareness of the risk of type 2 diabetes and how to avoid it. We will offer to check your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and more advice on diabetes will also be available.

“Please come and chat and get the free Health Check and embrace a Healthier You. Events are kindly being hosted by Portsdown View Care Home and Tesco Extra at Fratton Park. Thanks to the many collaborators for helping and supporting these events.”

Representatives from Xyla Health and Wellbeing will attend the upcoming DRWF United Through Diabetes event.

United Through Diabetes takes place at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire on Saturday, 21st September. More information and registration here
Find out more about type 2 diabetes
Read more information about exercise and healthy eating in the DRWF diabetes information leaflets here
Read more information about the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

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