Calorie-free sweetener Truvia has joined forces with Diabetes UK to encourage the British public to get active and take part in a series of sponsored walks to raise funds for the charity.

The Walk for Diabetes is a series of more than 50 sponsored walks that will be held around the country throughout the year with the aim of encouraging people to live a healthy lifestyle.

The first walk will take place on 20 April in Bexhill, while several have been organised to take place during Diabetes Awareness Week in June.

“Leading an active lifestyle and eating a healthy balanced diet are important steps to take to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, but rather than having to run a marathon to make a difference, it can be the little things that count, as small long-term changes can make a real long-term difference,” said Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK director of health intelligence and professional liaison.

“We hope that by giving people the incentive to get walking, our partnership with Truvia calorie-free sweetener can help people look after their health as well as raising money to help us continue our vital work.”

According to Diabetes UK, as many as seven million people are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, an estimated five million people in the UK will have diabetes by 2025, up from around 3.8 million people at present.