Bradford's diabetes prevention programme


about the programme

If you have been identified as being at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you will be referred to attend the diabetes prevention programme. The programme runs groups which are aimed at delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Run by the Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) champions, the groups are informal and friendly, and are usually attended by 10 to 15 people. The sessions focus on how to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The sessions are held at GP practices and community venues throughout Bradford at different times of the day so you can choose which one that is convenient for you. There are also women’s only groups available. 

The first session will focus on the knowledge and skills that you want to get from attending the prevention programme. The following sessions focus on exercise, healthy eating and developing a healthy lifestyle.

You’ll also focus on goal setting for the long term and what to do if you happen to slip up. The champions will also signpost you to local services that can help. Further sessions review your progress and help you keep on top of your goals.

Note: the diabetes prevention programme was previously known as the intensive lifestyle change programme (ILCP). 

diabetes health coaches

The Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) health coaches are people from the local community who are battling to beat diabetes. The coaches are a mixture of volunteers, practice staff and people who have been health champions before.

The coaches support and work with people in Bradford who have been identified as being at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to make lifestyle changes through the diabetes prevention programme.

BBD coaches come from a wide range of backgrounds and between them speak multiple languages, including the main South Asian languages.

what you've said

“Sharing the experiences, knowing about each other’s, what they’re doing and what background they have, in terms of how they want to deal with their disease and reasons they’ve come - so it was nice to be in a group.”

 “I just thought I got to go and see what it’s about. I was surprised seeing the results because I didn’t think I would have diabetes. You just think it’s from eating loads and loads of sugar and I think well I don’t have a sweet tooth, its savouries with me. So I thought… well they’ll obviously get that wrong won’t they. It’s what you don’t know about diabetes; you just think it’s from eating cakes and biscuits and you think well I don’t have that much, mine’s savouries, but no I was wrong.”

“Everyone knows that eating certain foods and doing certain things is bad for you, it’s when you actually get to the level of accepting that and changing that for your own life and having it over the year it was basically giving me that time. So every time we went in we set goals… and I actually wanted to make changes and that’s what we did, every single time. So by time we got to the end of it I had quite an active lifestyle.”