Adopting Physical Activity Lifestyle in a Pharmacy Curriculum
Keywords:Experiential Learning, Lifestyle, Pharmacy Students, Physical Activity
Introduction: Practitioners who adopt a lifestyle of regular exercise may be more likely to recommend physical activity as a management option for patients with diabetes. Physical activity remains a cornerstone in the management of type 2 diabetes.
Course Description: Pharmacy students enrolled in a diabetes module engaged in the physical activity recommendations they would make as pharmacists when managing type 2 diabetes. This extra credit modular course activity required students to conduct and record 150 minutes of physical activity weekly for one month.
Evaluation: Students reported that lack of time, energy, and motivation were the most common barriers to completing the activity; while lack of discipline, motivation and time were the most common hindrances to physical exercise consistency.
Future plans: The module will require pharmacy students to complete a baseline survey on their physical activity habits, and to devise an approach to counsel patients on adopting physical activity lifestyle changes.
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