The Diabetes UK Road Show rolled into Gloucester for a two day stay on Tuesday 28 April. The trailer was set up in Kings Square along with a small marquee for the dietician to work from.
The Road Shows aim to raise the awareness of Type 2 diabetes and encourage people to come in and have a simple assessment of their likelihood of developing the condition. This is achieved by carrying out series of questions and measurements to tell individuals how likely they are to develop Type 2 diabetes over the next ten years. The assessment did not take long, but finding out their risk could be an important first step on the path to a healthier life.
Also in attendance was Syrian, a dietician, who was on hand to advise people on how to improve their diet and develop a healthy way of eating, and to start people on their way fresh fruit was handed out to all those who wanted some.
The Road Show was manned by Suzie, Lucy & Syrian from Diabetes UK and volunteers Mike, Sandra, Jeff, Dave and Freddie. For the assessment we were using the new tablet App that has been developed by Diabetes UK, and recorded that we spoke to 69 people about their Type 2 risk score. Although this may have been higher as their may have been a problem with the App recording all the information.
However the event was very successful, including a “hoola hooping” demonstration by a young man who was passing by, he kept it going for around 30 minutes. All the team enjoyed their time on the Road Show very much, especially as the weather was kind to us for most of the time.