Ideas and sources to assist sufferers lead wholesome existence


Resources to help empower your patients to build and maintain healthy habits.

The past year has been a challenging one for all of us, and it may have been difficult for your diabetes patients or those at risk for diabetes to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program. Encourage your patients to take control of their weight and physical activity habits. Emphasize taking small steps to make it feel less overwhelming. The suggested steps could include:

  • Interruption of training through repeated 2 to 3-minute walking breaks during the day
  • Reduce screen time and the amount of time you spend sitting, even exercising or playing outdoors with the family
  • Bring exercise into the day, such as B. Make routine tasks like sweeping, lifting groceries, vacuuming, and gardening part of an exercise plan
  • Eat healthy snacks and meals with little added sugar and salt
  • Using a food journal to keep track of meals, which can help them figure out how to change the way they eat and drink to help them lose weight

For more guidance, see the five previous blog posts below for resources and tips for working with patients on weight management and healthy living.

  • Obesity Management in People with Diabetes

    Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, discusses recommendations and resources that healthcare professionals can use to combat obesity and weight management in patients with diabetes.
  • Prescribing exercises for almost everyone

    Sheri Colberg, PhD, FACSM shares ways to help people with diabetes become more active and recommends health professionals focus their exercise recommendations on what their patients enjoy, if they are to keep it.
  • Popular diets and patient support

    Christopher Gardner, PhD, shares his research on popular weight loss diets, the four basic principles of healthy eating, and how healthcare professionals can help patients find a diet that is right for them.
  • Let your patient get active

    Learn effective strategies to help you discuss physical activity with your patients, including suggested responses to some common self-defeating obstacles.
  • Teens, Genes, and Food Choice: What Contributes to Adolescent Obesity?

    Paule V. Joseph, PhD, MS, FNP-BC, RN, CTN-B, talks about the rise in obesity in adolescents, the health effects of diabetes, and what healthcare professionals can do to reduce the risk of obesity in young people.

Visit our Weight Management and Healthy Living Tips page for more information, including a toolkit with a flyer and shareable social media posts.

What helped your patients manage their weight and stay physically active? Tell us in the comments.

DR. Scott Kahan

Obesity Management in People with Diabetes

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Prescribing exercises for almost everyone

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