Resources to help you empower your patients to build and maintain healthy habits.
The past year has been a challenge for all of us, and it may be difficult for your patient with or at risk of diabetes to maintain a healthy diet and physical activity routine. Encourage your patients to take responsibility for managing their weight and physical activity habits. Emphasize taking small steps so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Recommended steps may include:
- stop exercising with a 2 to 3 minute walk break several times a day
- reduce screen time and time spent sitting, even playing sports or games outside with the family
- adding motion to their day, such as making routine tasks such as sweeping, picking up groceries, vacuuming, and yard work part of a physical activity plan
- have healthy snacks and foods that are low in added sugar and salt
- use a food diary to track food, which can help them find ways to make changes to what they eat and drink to help them lose weight
For more guidance, check out the five previous blog posts below with resources and tips for working with patients on weight management and healthy living.
- Management of Obesity in Diabetics
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, discusses recommendations and resources that healthcare professionals can use to address obesity and weight management in diabetic patients.
- Prescribing Exercises for Almost Everyone
Sheri Colberg, PhD, FACSM, shares ways to help diabetes patients become more active and recommends health care professionals focus their exercise prescriptions on what will delight their patients if you want to stay afloat.
- Popular Diets and Patient Support
Christopher Gardner, PhD, talks about his research on popular weight loss diets, the four basic principles of healthy eating, and how healthcare professionals can help patients find the right diet for them.
- Teen Choices, Genes, and Food: What Contributes to Adolescent Obesity?
Paule V. Joseph, PhD, MS, FNP-BC, RN, CTN-B, talks about rising obesity in adolescents, the health implications of diabetes, and what health care professionals can do to reduce the risk of obesity in adolescents.
Visit our Weight Management and Healthy Living Tips page for more information, including a toolkit with brochures and shareable social media posts.
What has helped your patients manage their weight and stay physically active? Tell us in the comments.