Get Moving! New Physical Activity Guidelines! (Part 1)

By Amy Campbell | October 20, 2008 4:39 pm

I was looking back at all the blog posts I’ve written and realized that one topic I’ve yet to write about, after all this time, is physical activity.

Now, I can just hear the inward groans from all the readers. Who wants to hear about exercise and physical activity? Most of us know we need to do it, and most of us know we don’t get enough. What more is there to say?


Actually, quite a bit. And with the first ever release of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans[1] by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just recently, I thought this would be a timely topic to write about.

Those of us who either have diabetes or work in the diabetes field know that nutrition is a “cornerstone” of diabetes self-management. Another cornerstone is physical activity.

Back in the early 1900s, Dr. Elliott P. Joslin adamantly prescribed exercise to all of his patients, along with diet and insulin[2]. Looks like he was on to something way back then. In fact, it would be hard to refute that both cornerstones need to be “in place” for one to successfully manage diabetes. (That’s not to say that medication and blood glucose monitoring aren’t also important).

Yet, despite the emphasis we’ve placed on exercise, how many of us can truly say we’re physically active most days of the week? If we’re being truthful, probably not many. I’ll confess that I’m not as active as I should be, even though I know what to do and how good it is for me. What about you?

What Can Physical Activity Do For You?
Among so many other things, physical activity can:

More next week!

  1. 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
  2. insulin:
  3. glucagon:
  4. National Weight Control Registry:
  5. cholesterol:
  6. triglycerides:

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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