Here are 7 powerful steps you can take to get started today:
MOVE MORE. Get up, get out, and get moving. Walk, dance, bike ride, swim, or play ball with your friends or family. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you enjoy it. Try different things to keep it fun.
“ I found ways to work activity into
my day. I walk for 10 minutes every
morning. At night, my wife and I walk with our daughter.”
MAKE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES. Focus on eating less. Eat fiber-rich fruits and vegetables each day. Choose whole grain foods such as whole wheat bread and crackers, oatmeal, brown rice, and cereals. Cut down on fatty and fried foods. You still can have foods you enjoy, just eat smaller servings. Choose water to drink.
“ I used to always go back for second helpings.
Now, I leave the leftovers for another day.
I think it’s working.”
JOSEPHINE MALEMUTE, RN
TAKE OFF SOME WEIGHT. Once you start eating less and moving more, you will lose weight. By losing just 10 pounds, you can cut your chances of getting diabetes.
“ Since losing a few pounds, I feel better
and have more energy to do the things
WINNEBAGO TRIBE OF NEBRASKA
SET GOALS YOU CAN MEET. Start by making small changes. Try being active for 15 minutes a day this week. Then each week add 5 minutes until you build up to at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. Try to cut 100 calories out of your diet each day (that’s one can of soda!). Slowly reduce your calories over time. Talk to your health care team about your goals.
“ When I first started walking, I could
only go for about 10 minutes. Now I feel
stronger and am able to walk 45 minutes
EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIANS
RECORD YOUR PROGRESS. Write down all the things you eat and drink and the number of minutes you are active. Keeping a diary is one of the best ways to stay focused and reach your goals.
“ Keeping track of my activity allows me
to see how I’m doing. By walking for 10
minutes at least 3 times a day, I’m able
to get my 30 minutes in.”
LORRAINE VALDEZ, RN
SEEK HELP. You don’t have to prevent diabetes alone. Ask your family and friends to help you out. Involve them in your activities. You can help each other move more, eat less, and live a healthy life. Go for a walk together or play a pick-up game of basketball. Join a support group in your area to help you stay on track.
“After dinner I often take a walk with my family instead of watching TV.”
KELLY MOORE, MD
CREEK NATION OF OKLAHOMA
KEEP AT IT. Making even small changes is hard in the beginning. Try to add one new change a week. If you get off track, start again and keep at it.
“ When I don’t think I have time to exercise,
I just remember how important it is to be
around for my family.”
JUANEÑO BAND OF CALIFORNIA INDIANS
“ We have the power to help our people and the generations to come. We have the Power to Prevent Diabetes.”
YVETTE ROUBIDEAUX, MD
Take your first step today. Talk to your healthcare team about your risk for type 2 diabetes and the small steps you can take to prevent it. To find out more, call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337) or visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org
to get a free copy of Your GAME PLAN to Prevent type 2 Diabetes.
Kelly Moore, M.D., contracted consultant with the Indian Health Service Division of Diabetes, Albuquerque, NM has reviewed this tip sheet for accuracy. A message from the National Diabetes Education Program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised March 2008 NIH Publication No. 08-5525 NDEP-73
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