Newham residents at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can now join a programme to help them make healthy changes to their lifestyles as part of a new national initiative.
Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) together with Newham Council has been chosen to be part of the first stage of a nationwide Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body can’t produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly. While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, Type 2 diabetes is largely avoidable through lifestyle changes. In Newham, there are more than 24,500 residents diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – nearly eight per cent of adults in the borough.
If you are at risk of developing Type2 diabetes you will be referred to the Newham Community Prescription (NCP)programme to encourage you to be more physically active.
Eligible patients will have the chance to join physical activity classes of their choice, such as zumba, salsa dancing or Tai Chi, through a prescription from their GP. The classes will be tailored towards the needs, cultures and lifestyles of patients and will be provided by local voluntary and community sector groups.
They will also receive tailored information to help them understand the long term complications of developing Type 2 diabetes, which can include heart disease, stroke or kidney disease, as well as advice on how they can make lifestyle changes and stay healthy.
Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral adviser for adults and health, said: “Not only are there high numbers of people in Newham currently diagnosed with diabetes but also many at high risk of developing it. Losing weight, regular exercise, and enjoying a healthy diet can reduce this risk.
“Working with the CCG we will be able to tailor personalised help and support for those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Not only will this ensure our residents will be able to live healthier lives it will also help reduce the pressure on our health services.”
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Kaizen boys bring back the silver
Picture caption: Kaizen Primary School football team
Footballers at Kaizen Primary School, in Plaistow, have won the Newham Primary League for the second time in three years, beating Keir Hardie in the final to guarantee bringing the silverware back to the school.
Having won the league in 2014 and been runners up in 2015, this year the team produced an unbeaten run and won the final game 2-1.
The thrilling match saw Keir Hardie take the lead, but goals after the break from Johneli Lungikisa and Joe Ship took the Kaizen team to victory.
Head teacher Rebekah Iiyambo said: “We are immensely proud of the boys, who have been amazing all year.”
Joint head coaches, Stephen Lawrence and Jason Summers said: “They have worked extremely hard and have been fully committed to the team throughout the season. This is a fully deserved result.”
The full team comprises Joe Ship, Joel Mputu, Johneli Lungikisa, Wardi Aden, MartinKovalchuk, Regy Buleche Oyo, Wahid Aziz, Raphael Joel Bekoe and Enos Duah.
Empowering pupils to train teachers
At most schools it is teachers who plan their own training days but forward thinking St Edward’s Catholic Primary School put children in charge of teacher training for a day.
A committee of 11 pupils, guided by the assistant head teacher Natasha Pluckrose, spent six months planning a teacher training day at the school in Green Street, Upton Park.
They tracked the performance of the school’s educational targets which were linked to its School Improvement Plan (SIP).
They also conducted interviews with pupils, met with governors and took photographs of lessons in action. At the end of the six months they collated their findings to create material presented for an hour and a half’s training.
Natasha Pluckrose paid tribute to the children and their “amazing leadership qualities.”
She said: “They were articulate and confident in the delivery of their presentation and even tested staff on curriculum knowledge.
“It was an amazing experience that really showcased not only pupils English and ICT skills but their potential as young leaders of the future.”
Basketball nets Franklin an award worth £250
A student at St Bonaventure’s School in Forest Gate has won a Jack Petchey award for his commitment to basketball.
A set of basketball shooting shirts will be purchased by the school’s PE department with Franklin Agu’s £250 award money.
Franklin, 13, has been a consistent and hard working member of the basketball team since he joined the school from St Winefride’s Primary in Manor Park two years ago.
The school says he has demonstrated great leadership qualities throughout this year guiding his Year 9 team to a coveted London title recently. The national title is in the team’s sights too and with Franklin’s help that dream seems a real possibility.
Aaron Senior, Head of Year 8 at the school, said: ”Under Franklin’s guidance, the players were always at practice on time and ensured they had a positive and energetic frame of mind which ultimately led them to a fast start and an eventual win.”
Pupils from a Stratford secondary school spent a day pitching for sales, working out budgets and getting merchandise to help raise cash for a charity.
The youngsters from East London Science School, spent a day in Stratford Shopping Centre and at Westfield to raise cash for the Save the Children Fund.
The 39 students organised a Young Apprentice-style day and pitched for business. They split into groups to raise as much cash as they could. The winners were treated to a day out at Thorpe Park leisure park in Surrey the following week.
A cheque for the total amount raised, £1,000, was presented to a representative from the charity during a special assembly.
David Perks, principal at the school, said: “We are thrilled to see our pupils really engaging with the public by raising £1,000 for Save the Children Fund in just one afternoon during their Young Apprentice competition.”