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Sheri Colberg Part 8, Final Thoughts and Key Points

In part 8, the conclusion of this Exclusive Interview, Sheri Colberg shares her thoughts for medical professional seeking to effect change in their patients with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California.

Sheri Colberg 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 — My last question is, and I’m sure you do presentations all the time, if you’re presenting to PCPs and pharmacists and nurses and dietitians, what tips would you give them as far as talking to their patients. How do we motivate our patients to get more involved in physical activity. What would you want them to take away from your presentation?

Sheri Colberg – I think there are a couple things that they need to consider. One is what are the perceived barriers for the patient or the groups that they’re working because a big part of behavior change is getting past the excuses: I don’t have time. I don’t have anywhere to go and I don’t have anyone to watch my kids. You know if you can figure out what those barriers are and create some goals to overcome those, you’re halfway there. The other thing is in working with the limitations, if those are part of the barriers, and I think it’s also important to emphasize to people that exercise is more than just…it’s actually physical activity that we’re talking about, not just exercise. Physical activity is a broader term. Exercise is a type of physical activity that is very structured and planned and what not. You can be physically active all day long without fitting in structured exercise and if we start making people think about that, taking the stairs, walking around when you have some free time rather than sitting, all of that adds up and it’s just the little bits that add up over the day that are going to really have an impact for most people.

Steve Freed –– With all the new technology out there, have we found that maybe an automatic text that says, “It’s time now for you to get up and go for a 2-minute walk.” I’m sure there’s studies that show that can be beneficial because sometimes people get so actively involved in what they’re doing that they forget about it.

Sheri Colberg – Right. I think some of it is a culture change too. If you’re in a workplace and everybody looks at you strangely if you get up and stand during a meeting as opposed to sitting, then you’re going to sit back down. You’re going to go, “I don’t want to be the only one standing up.” Now, I don’t have a problem with it. I’ll be the only one standing up and then everybody starts standing up with me, but it has to be at a collective social change in the mindset of “Let’s not just be sedentary. Let’s have a standing meeting. Let’s have walking meetings. Let’s get together and do something active rather than something sedentary.” And once we all start thinking that way, I think it’ll be a lot easier to integrate because it’ll be a social norm as opposed to the odd duck who stands up during the meeting.

Steve Freed — Well I want to thank you for your time. It is exciting to get to see you at these meetings and learn something new. And enjoy the rest of your stay here.

Sheri Colberg – Thank you.

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