Tesco wants to make it a little bit easier for customers and colleagues to live more healthily. One way we can do this is by creating partnerships with health experts like Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation who are committed to tackling two of the biggest health challenges we face – Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.
By working together, we’re combining the charities’ expertise in health with Tesco’s ability to speak to people within local communities across the UK. This gives us a unique opportunity to encourage the nation to make healthier choices in the way they live their lives.
Why we are working together
There are around 4.2 million people in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 7 million living with heart and circulatory disease. Millions more are at risk.
What are we doing?
Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are working together to raise millions of pounds and inspire millions of people to eat better, get active, make healthier choices and reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
We have already engaged more than 500,000 people in our Let’s Do This programme. Our work is supporting families to make small lifestyle changes, which will ultimately make a big difference to their health.
How is the money spent?
Half of the money raised is being spent on projects to support families to make small lifestyle changes, which will ultimately make a big difference to their health. The other half is being split equally between Diabetes UK and the BHF.
These funds help Diabetes UK to support more people to live well with diabetes, including young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families. The BHF is using the funds to invest in initiatives, including Professor Mark Hanson’s research, which focuses on how the environment in which we develop in our mother’s womb influences our health risk in later life.