Physical Activity plays a central role in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes; however the majority of adults with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes are inactive to achieve any health benefits. All population groups, including teachers, are at risk for, or have type 2 diabetes. Programs promoting physical activity in teacher population also remain silent.
This study will examine the feasibility (e.g. satisfaction of the program, study adherence, and retention) and the effects of teachers' receiving, i) 3 training sessions conducted by a qualified Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and 2 sessions with a qualified Psychologist, or two AEP sessions and three sessions with a qualified Psychologist (based on individual participant choice), and ii) the 5 sessions + additional behavior change strategies which include telephone counselling, an App, and email/sms prompts over a 9 month period. 12- and 24-month follow-up assessments will be conducted to test the long-term effects of the study.
Teachers from the Hunter region who are 'at risk' of type 2 diabetes, or have pre diabetes, or have type 2 diabetes will be included in the study. This pilot study will serve to guide a larger trial and guide an up-scaled dissemination program to teachers and family members across Australia.
Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Wendy Brown, Kerry Courneya, Ronald Sigal, Associate Professor Erica James, Professor David Lubans, Kristen Cohen