Diabetes Alert Day was March 26, and our team was busy working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health systems, health plans and community-based organizations to get the word out to consumers that diabetes is preventable and what they can do to take action. As part of this effort, CDC launched a new tag line: “What’s your Why?” This got me thinking, “What is my why and how do people find their why?”
One of our partners that delivers the National Diabetes Prevention Program to underserved communities in New Mexico incorporates vision boards in their lifestyle change programs to help participants think about their “why” and what motivates them to stay active and make nutrition a priority. I recently did this exercise for myself and discovered my “why” comes from four places: staying healthy for my children, managing stress, walking my talk, and staving off the back pain that plagues me if I don’t stay fit.
There are a number of things that are important to helping people become engaged in their health and activated to make changes:
What’s motivated you to make a significant change in your life? What have been strong motivators for your patients? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
HealthInsight works with community partners to increase access to self-management and lifestyle change programs, such as the Diabetes Prevention Program. For more information about our Diabetes Prevention Program work, see https://healthinsight.org/our-diabetes-prevention-initiative.