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23 May 2019

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Czech Republic: making physical activity an integral part of diabetes care

Beyond access to quality treatment, regular physical activity is an essential part of diabetes care. In order to encourage people with diabetes and other conditions, but also healthcare professionals to make it an integral part of diabetes care, the "Sports as Medicine" programme was developped with the Faculty of Medicines of the Charles University in Prague.

The project, which has been running for several years, included setting up fitness centres in several cities across the country. People with diabetes can go to these centres to learn how to exercise regularly, and use the facilities for their own trainings afterwards. Each individual is also follow by a sports instructor, who develops a tailored physical activity plan according to their needs, accompanied with required adjustments in diet.

Once out of the fitness centre, people with diabetes can count on online support, thanks to a comprehensive website provding with advice on how to be regularly active and practice sports at home or other settings.

A third component of the Sports as Medicine programme is a series of trainings, offered both to the general public and sports instructors, with a focus on healthy eating and physical activity.

For more information about the programme, click here.

Czech republicBesides this project, the Czech diabetes association also organizes sporting events on a regular basis. These includes walks to raise awareness of diabetes, on World Diabetes Day or when the association holds its national congress. Other activities include developing educational material on healthy and active lifestyles, as well as material aimed at healthcare professionals to encourage them to integrate physical activity as part of diabetes treatment.

For more information, contact Jan Broz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.