Let’s Beat Diabetes (LBD) is a community partnership aimed at longterm changes to prevent and/or delay the onset of diabetes, slow the disease’s progression, and increase the quality of life for people with diabetes. The programme’s success depends on the action and commitment of all its partner organisations, which together work to achieving its goals.
The programme is a catalyst for enhanced intersectoral collaboration, community partnerships and action, health innovation and social action aimed at “beating diabetes” in Counties Manukau.
What is being attempted by LBD is unprecedented for a local health and planning agency in New Zealand.
Type 2 Diabetes and obesity are widespread in the district’s population. With a large and growing population that is relatively young, and with high numbers of Maaori and Pacific people, Counties Manukau lies at the frontline of efforts to combat diabetes.
Then there is the scale of response. LBD is a community-based intersectoral alliance drawin on the active involvement of health promotion, primary health care, secondary health services, local and central government, the food industry, schools, sports organisations, workplaces, churches and community organisations.