The many demand s from deadlines, to-do lists and meetings of all kinds leave no time for an idle mind during an average workday. The  American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) third annual National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day held on Wednesday, May 2, encourages people to use their mind and body throughout the day.

Research shows getting more active and changing sedentary habits is one of the most effective ways to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is about recognizing the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the ADA recommends everyone get up and move at least every 30 minutes.

“Diabetes can be prevented and managed by learning how food choices and activity impact blood glucose levels throughout the day,” shared Denise Kolba, RN, program manager for Great Plains Quality Innovation Network. “Individuals who know they are at risk can participate in self-management workshops to learn how to prevent the disease.”

As part of the effort to increase awareness of the value of activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, Great Plains QIN is posting photos and tips on social media throughout the day using the hashtag #GetFitDontSit. Join in by adding a favorite tip or trick for staying active during the day.

Developing healthy habits to stay active, eat right and manage stress can be a challenge. Great Plains QIN team members serve as facilitators and trainers for diabetes self-management workshops across the four-state region. The workshops provide the tools and resources to set goals and create an action plan to manage a healthy lifestyle change long-term. Additional tools and resources related to diabetes care can be found on the Great Plains QIN Web site.