Why focusing on families?Any risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes tend to cluster within a family since its members share common genetic background, lifestyle habits, social and physical environment. Promoting healthy behaviours and supportive environmental changes when the family is approached as a whole seems to be more effective compared to targeting the family members individually. This approach is also more cost-effective, since three generations are simultaneously approached and the older individuals might be further motivated to adopt the desired behaviours for the benefit of the younger family members.
Why focusing on vulnerable groups?Since the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is higher in low and middle income countries and among low socioeconomic groups in the high-income countries, these vulnerable groups need to be identified and prioritized.
What will Feel4Diabetes do?Feel4Diabetes will be implemented in two high-income countries (Belgium and Finland), two countries under economic crisis (Greece and Spain) and two low/middle-income countries (Bulgaria and Hungary). Feel4Diabetes is aiming to:
- Identify the communities with vulnerable groups within these six European countries.
- Develop, implement and evaluate a low-cost and applicable in low resource settings school and community-based intervention, aiming to create a more supportive social and physical environment and promote healthy lifestyle changes for children and their families.
- Identify high-risk families for type 2 diabetes within these communities and invite the parents or other adult members of the family to attend out of school counseling sessions, in order to further support them in adopting a healthier lifestyle for them and their children.
- Disseminate the results of the study and develop recommendations for health policy makers, aiming at embedding the learnings derived from the project into policies and practices on a local, national and international level.
|Harokopio University, Greece â€“ Coordinator||International Diabetes Federation, Belgium|
|National Institute for Health and Welfare,Finland||University of Zaragoza, Spain|
|Ghent University, Belgium||Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria|
|Dresden University of Technology, Germany||University of Debrecen, Hungary|
|University of Athens, Greece||Â Extensive Life Oy, Finland|
The Feel4Diabetes-study has received funding from the European Unionâ€™s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nÂ° 643708. The content of this article reflects only the authorsâ€™ views and the European Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.