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Whole Systems Approach to Healthy Weight and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: Whitburn Working Together for Wellbeing

Published: April 13, 2021

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West Lothian Community Planning Partnership (CPP) has agreed to prioritise type 2 diabetes prevention through a pilot project in Whitburn, the details of which you will find in the briefing.

As one of Scotland’s Early Adopters within the East Region, we are pleased to invite you to the first of our two Whole System Approach Workshops for Whitburn.

This workshop will be held virtually and there is a choice of two sessions:

Please click on the session of your choice to book your place online.

This first workshop brings together the Whitburn community, professionals and decision makers to develop a common understanding of type 2 diabetes. There are many factors that contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some that we cannot influence such as genetic and inherited factors and some that we may have a bit more control over, like body weight and activity levels.  Having a higher body weight and body mass index (BMI) can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We know that other factors ranging from breastfeeding to deprivation are also closely linked to the risk of both obesity and type 2 diabetes.

In this first workshop we will work together to map the “whole system” that contributes to obesity within a local context.  This will later allow us to identify the greatest opportunities for change. The workshop will be critical to all local efforts to create a community where we eat well, have a healthy weight and are physically active.

The second workshop will be later in 2021 and will build on this work.

The success and effectiveness of the event will lie in its attendees and attendance of all relevant departments, service and sectors is critical. If, unfortunately, you cannot make it then please do send someone appropriate to represent you.

We do hope that you will be able to join us and participate in this work, working alongside the Whitburn community for a healthier future. Don’t forget to register via the link above.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorna Kemp at lorna.kemp@westlothian.gov.uk or Scott McKillop at scott.mckillop@westlothian.gov.uk.

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