In part 5, the conclusion of this Exclusive Interview, Sheri Colberg talks about how to communicate about physical activity with patients newly diagnosed with diabetes in a discussion with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed.
Sheri Colberg, PhD, FACSM is Professor Emerita of Exercise Science at Old Dominion University in Virginia and a member of the Diabetes in Control Advisory Board.
Transcript of this video segment:
Steve Freed: If you wanted to say to the family practitioners, the nurse educators, what are some simple things or principles, what’s the most important thing from your experience? You have to tell the patient; it’s easy to say exercise more; it doesn’t mean anything, because most people don’t do it.
Sheri Colberg: I think the most important thing honestly is to have people pick activities that they enjoy doing. One of things that we don’t talk as much about, we give prescriptions to say, do this, do this, do this. But if our patients aren’t doing it the whole issue is a behavioral one, not that they don’t know what they’re supposed to do or if they haven’t been told what to do. So in order to address the motivational issue we need to find out, possibly also talk to them somewhat about what their barriers are to being active. Why don’t they do it? And then in terms of adherence once they do start doing something, we know the things that cause people to drop out of exercise programs are: perceived lack of time, so you have to work around that, maybe by working it in as a lifestyle activity; they get injured, and that often occurs because people start out at an activity that’s too hard or too intense and so on and then they just don’t enjoy it. It’s not fun for them. So they want to make sure that they can pick the activities that they like to do.