Personalized Exercise for Adolescents With Diabetes or Obesity

Melissa Spezia Faulkner, Sara Fleet Michaliszyn, Joseph Hepworth, Mark D Wheeler

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Objective: This study examined adherence to a personalized, community-based exercise intervention by sedentary adolescents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes or those with obesity. Research design and Methods: We conducted a pretest-posttest investigation to explore the application of an individualized exercise prescription based upon current fitness level for 39 adolescents (20 with type 1 diabetes, 9 with type 2 diabetes, and 10 obese) over 16 weeks in community settings. Subjects were recruited from a university-based pediatric endocrinology clinic in the southwestern United States. Adherence to the exercise prescription was monitored using accelerometers over the entire intervention period. Results: Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) levels significantly increased over sedentary baseline values (p < .001), but the average of 42.5 ± 22.1 min/day of MVPA determined at the end of the study was still less than the recommended 60 min/day. Perceptions of health were significantly increased for the total group following the intervention (p = .008). For those with type 1 diabetes, there was a significant association between MVPA duration and percentage change in HbA1c (r = -.526, p = .02). Conclusions: Recruitment and retention of adolescent participation in daily exercise is challenging. Personalized approaches that include adolescent choices with family support and ongoing motivation can improve individual exercise adherence and a sense of personal health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-54
Number of pages9
JournalBiological Research for Nursing
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Obesity
Exercise
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Prescriptions
Southwestern United States
Endocrinology
Health
Motivation
Research Design
Pediatrics

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • diabetes
  • exercise
  • obesity

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Personalized Exercise for Adolescents With Diabetes or Obesity. / Faulkner, Melissa Spezia; Michaliszyn, Sara Fleet; Hepworth, Joseph; Wheeler, Mark D.

In: Biological Research for Nursing, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 46-54.

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Faulkner, Melissa Spezia ; Michaliszyn, Sara Fleet ; Hepworth, Joseph ; Wheeler, Mark D. / Personalized Exercise for Adolescents With Diabetes or Obesity. In: Biological Research for Nursing. 2014 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 46-54.
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