SLIMMER: A smart way to prevent diabetes.


The project

Several health organisations collaborate to reduce the risk of diabetes within the SLIMMER programme. In total, 25 general practitioners, 16 physiotherapists, 11 dieticians and several sports clubs are involved in this project. Together, they guide over 150 participants.

The initial results show that participants have lost weight, have a slimmer waistline and have a reduced amount of fat on their hips. Participants are more fit and had an improved glucose tolerance. Remarkably, over 50% of the participants report to be physically more capable to participate actively in society. Professionals and participants evaluate SLIMMER positively, on average with an 8.   

Role played by AGORA

AGORA guides the implementation, process- and effect evaluation and the economic evaluation of SLIMMER. SLIMMER is a PhD study which is financed by ZonMw and the Diabetes association (Dutch: Diabetesfonds).

There has been intensive collaboration with health promoters of the MHS to implement SLIMMER. The first step was to translate the proven-effective SLIM study to a programme which could be implemented in practice. It was identified which elements from the SLIM study could be used in practice without any changes and which elements had to be adjusted to fit into practice. Furthermore it was identified which professional could best implement specific elements of the programme. This first step resulted in an implementation manual for each professional collaborating in SLIMMER, and the manuals were explained during a kick-off training. In addition, new intervention elements were developed during the implementation of the programme, like an extensive maintenance programme for participants. This new element is also included in the study.

Concluding, SLIMMER is a fruitful collaboration between research and health promotion.


The final results from the scientific evaluation are to be expected in 2015.

Further information

Project managers:

Ir. S.C. (Sofieke) van Oord-Jansen,

Drs. J. (Josien) ter Beek, j.terbeek@ggdnog

PhD student: Ir. G. (Geerke) Duijzer,