Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity in Clinics (IMPACT) Study

In the United States, 26 million people are currently affected by type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have shown that physical activity is beneficial in managing type 2 diabetes by helping patients achieve greater glycemic control. According to the current American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines, individuals with type 2 diabetes should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week and resistance exercises three times per week. However, approximately 70% of type 2 diabetes patients do not exercise at the recommended levels.

In research settings, highly structured physical activity programs are effective in reducing glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels in type 2 diabetes patients. However, practical approaches are needed to translate and apply these findings into a clinical setting. The IMPACT Study works to formalize and include structured physical activity training programs as part of type 2 diabetes management within a healthcare setting. 

In collaboration with 24 Hour Fitness, study participants will go to their closest 24 Hour Fitness location for the exercise intervention. Partner gyms are located in Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Newark.

The Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity in Clinics (IMPACT) study is a 2.5-year study designed to examine the efficacy of structured exercise programs offered in the clinic setting to help patients manage their type 2 diabetes and meet exercise recommendations. This study is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health.

If you are interested in participating in the research study, please call 650.721.6403 or send an email expressing your interest to