Introduction: Latinas have a greater chance of dying from diabetes than non-Latina Whites. As a population group, the literature has shown that Latinas do not meet physical activity (PA) guidelines. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a patient-centered counseling method that promotes self-efficacy for behavior change. The purpose of the study was to examine the feasibility of using MI/PA counseling for self-management of type 2 diabetes mellitus with Latinas. Methods: Latinas (n = 12) were recruited from an occupational program in Southern California. Two MI and PA sessions were conducted over 2 months. Feasibility measures included recruitment, retention, protocol adherence, and attrition. Impact outcomes included PA, PA stage of change, and waist circumference. Results: Participants attended all sessions and completed all questionnaires. Half progressed into a later stage of change for PA. Discussion: Results suggest MI and PA counseling is feasible for improving PA with Latinas at risk/diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
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- motivational interviewing
- physical activity
- type 2 diabetes