Diabetes health campaign scoops national curry award!

Bradford’s innovative health campaign to prevent people developing diabetes has notched up yet more acclaim – this time from a national curry competition

Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) scooped the award for Curry lover of the year at the English Curry Awards.

The award came as a welcome surprise to the local NHS team behind BBD, whose efforts to highlight that eating healthily can still be exciting and tasty proved a hit with the judges.

NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which runs BBD, worked with dietitians at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to put together a number of tasty but healthy versions of the nation’s favourite dish.

The recipes featured in the Bradford Curry Capital’s healthy curry recipe book – showing that you can still enjoy a curry and watch your waistline.

Dr Sohail Abbas, GP lead for diabetes at Bradford City CCG, said: “This award has taken us a bit by surprise, but we’re nonetheless delighted to have won! Everyone loves curry, but all too often it isn’t as healthy as it could be, so it’s great to have healthier versions which are just as tasty and delicious.

“The healthy curry recipe book is great news for the many people diabetic patients in the city and for those who are at risk of developing diabetes which we know can be controlled and even prevented in some cases, by a healthy diet and exercise.

“A healthier version of a traditional curry is also good news for anyone with another long term condition or anyone who just wants to follow a healthy diet.”

Over 1,000 new patients with diabetes have been identified since the CCG began the BBD campaign to tackle the growing problem of diabetes among local people.

Since 2013, more than 12,000 people who are at risk of developing diabetes have taken part in the programme, 6000 of whom have received lifestyle advice from their GP or healthcare team.  A further 200 are taking part in the programme’s twelve month intensive lifestyle change programme to help prevent them developing the disease in the future.  And more people than ever are now receiving all of the recommended health checks as part of their diabetes treatment and follow-ups.