Closing National Diabetes Challenge 2022

on 3 oct, 12:00


ARNHEM – More than 1,500 people from all over the Netherlands came to the GelreDome in Arnhem on 24 September to walk the last kilometers of the National Diabetes Challenge 2022. From Arnhem, participants from groups from the Geitenkamp, ​​Presikhaaf, De Laar and Malburgen walked along.

All these people have started walking (under supervision) in the past 20 weeks to work on their health. From Groningen to The Hague and Didam to Tilburg. Many hiking groups from all over the country were present during the festival.

Walking groups were active at more than 180 locations in the Netherlands this year. Various parties actively collaborated to enable people to take the step towards a more vital life. Bas van de Goor, initiator of the National Diabetes Challenge (NDC) through his Foundation: “No medicine can cure diabetes, but your own lifestyle and exercise can demonstrably reduce the use of medicine and significantly improve the quality of life.”

The National Diabetes Challenge connects

The NDC is connecting more and more parties at a local level that want to work together on the health of people in the region. Professionals and volunteers from the healthcare, sports and exercise sectors are involved. In Arnhem, our GPs, the Municipality of Arnhem, Sportbedrijf Arnhem, Menzis and the Bas van de Goor Foundation work closely together. In the above-mentioned districts, the walkers are guided weekly by professionals from fitness centers Physique and Formupgrade, GP practice Presikhaaf and dietitians from Food2Lifestyle. They are supported by volunteers.

Both participants and organizers are very enthusiastic about the group walks. “Never thought I could walk another 5 kilometers! It’s really nice how everyone can participate easily and at their own level,” said one participant. And one of the organizers says: “Walking has now really become a part of the lifestyle for many of the participants, they sit much less often and that is very good for their health”

Festive closing

The NDC was organized for the 7th time in a row this year. After two corona years, it was again possible to close it with a national festival. Erben Wennemars enthused the participants, Barbara de Loor took care of the warming up and the participants did the walk themselves; what they had practiced hard for. Despite the rain it was a successful closing day. Registrations for the next NDC edition will start at the beginning of next year. For more information, visit


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