Feel4diabetes (Families across Europe following a healthy lifestyle 4 diabetes prevention) is an EU-funded project aiming to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence-based and potentially cost-effective and scalable intervention programme to prevent type 2 diabetes across Europe, primarily focusing on families from vulnerable groups. The project spans the period 2014 to 2019 and is carried out by a multidisciplinary team of 10 partners across the EU.
The project focuses on families because risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes tend to cluster within a family given that its members share common genetic background, lifestyle habits, social and physical environment. Promoting healthy behaviours and supportive environmental changes when the family is approached as a whole seems to be more effective compared to targeting the family members individually.
Feel4Diabetes is implemented in two high-income countries (Belgium and Finland), two countries under economic crisis (Greece and Spain) and two low/middle-income countries (Bulgaria and Hungary).
IDF Europe’s role in the project is to facilitate events and workshops for the advisory board and partners and to disseminate activities and results with the aim of embedding the learnings derived from the project into policies and practices at the local, national and international level.