South Asian communities in Leicester improve activity

An educational physical activity programme aiming to tackle rising rates of Type 2 diabetes in the South Asian community in Leicester has proven to have a lasting impact on the health of people taking part, with 100% of the participants adopting a healthier diet following the course.

‘Healthy Goals’ is a 12-week education and physical activity programme which aims to promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging active discussions and physical activity sessions with Leicester’s South Asian communities. There is evidence to suggest that South Asians are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and that they typically do not engage with traditional health promotion programmes.

Since its development in 2018, the programme has helped 84 individuals to introduce physical activity into their daily routines. Nearly 90 per cent of those who completed the programme reported being more physically active, 68 per cent had lost weight. 87 per cent sitting less than at the start of the programme, while 50 per cent reported a reduction in their waist circumference.

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