Residents in the borough of Rochdale are being urged to check their risk of Type 2 diabetes. The call comes as residents can now sign up to the local Diabetes Prevention Programme themselves without a medical referral.
The first thing you need to do is to find out if you're at risk of developing diabetes. You can do this by using the online Diabetes UK risk assessment tool.
The process takes a few minutes to complete and could be the most important thing you do today. It asks questions about age, ethnicity and lifestyle, which can increase your risk of diabetes.
If you're at moderate or high risk, you'll be invited to sign up to the local NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme provided by ICS Health and Wellbeing.
The free service provides valuable support to reduce your risk of developing the condition.
You'll have access to trained health coaches, and you'll be able to meet other people in your area who are also trying to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. From helping you eat well, to tips on weight loss and physical activity, the service is here to support you on your journey.
Support is currently being offered remotely over the telephone, on group video conference via Microsoft Teams and online through apps and websites. There are also language specific groups, such as Punjabi, Urdu and Polish.
Councillor Sara Rowbotham, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: "The recent months have made many of us stop and think about how important our health is.
"Take a positive step today and use the diabetes risk assessment tool. It is really simple to use and it could help you to get your health back on track."