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Physical Activity: Making Sense of Current Research, Persistent Myths, and Common Barriers

Help your patients get moving or fit with tangible approaches to physical activity.

Hear Dr. Jessica Unick, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Brown Alpert Medical School and the Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, and Leslie Curtis at the NIDDK, discuss the role of physical activity in weight management and developing effective behavioral weight loss interventions in NIDDK’s webinar on physical activity research, myths, and barriers.

“Research suggests that the risk for developing diabetes is reduced by 42% among individuals who meet the national physical activity guidelines, compared to individuals who are inactive,” says Dr. Unick. The NIDDK-supported Look AHEAD trial found that adults with obesity and type 2 diabetes who enrolled in a lifestyle intervention, targeting a decrease in calorie intake and an increase in physical activity, had greater weight loss, improved blood pressure, increased fitness, and improved blood glucose control compared with those not receiving a lifestyle intervention. Patients often need specific guidance on how to start a physical activity regimen. Watch this webinar to learn tangible approaches, like the F. I. T. T. Principle, to help your patients achieve their physical activity goals, by talking to them about the recommended frequency, intensity, type, and amount of time that should be spent being physically active.

Stay tuned to learn practical tips for helping your patients overcome barriers to physical activity.

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