Local communities also play an important role in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes by providing environments that promote healthier lifestyles through improved nutrition and increased physical activity. Civic and community organizations can partner with business groups, government agencies and others to encourage healthier eating and increased physical activity for the community. Some actions communities can take to help prevent type 2 diabetes for their citizens include:
- Promote environments that foster fitness, such as walking trails. Marking sidewalks with distance markers and messages can help encourage exercise.
- Encourage a community culture that promotes healthier eating habits. For example, community groups can sponsor “cook-offs” to create healthy culinary options among local chefs.
- Create community vegetable gardens.
- Organize community activities, such as community block parties with dancing and healthy food choices.