Walking Away from Diabetes


DESMOND Walking Away from Diabetes is a 3 hour structured education programme for those with pre-diabetes and is designed to target knowledge and perception of diabetes risk and to help participants increase their physical activity levels within their own environments.

Physical inactivity is one of the most important lifestyle behaviours contributing to the risk of type 2 diabetes. Walking Away has an established educator training and quality assurance pathway and is commissioned for delivery within routine primary care and the community in many regions nationally.

The content and approach used in Walking Away is based on robust pilot work, including evidence of efficacy after 2 years [1,2]. 

  1. Yates T, Davies M, Gorely T, et al. Effectiveness of a pragmatic education program designed to promote walking activity in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance: a randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care 2009;32:1404-1410.
  2. Yates T, Davies MJ, Sehmi S, et al. The Pre-diabetes Risk Education and Physical Activity Recommendation and Encouragement (PREPARE) programme study: are improvements in glucose regulation sustained at 2 years?. Diabetic Med 2011;28:1268-1271.