Sheri Colberg-Ochs — Exercise and Diabetes


Sheri Colberg-OchsSheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD is an exercise physiologist, author, researcher, and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University and an adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, both located in Norfolk, Virginia. Having earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, she specializes in research in diabetes and exercise. She continues to conduct extensive clinical research in diabetes and exercise with funding from the American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, and others. In addition to her eight books, The Diabetic Athlete (2001), Diabetes-Free Kids (2005), The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan (2006), 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (2007), The Science of Staying Young (2007), Matt Hoover's Guide to Life, Love, and Losing Weight (2008), The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook (2008), and Diabetes? No Problema! (2009), she has authored more than 250 research and educational articles on exercise and diabetes. Information about her books and articles can be accessed on her official Web site,

In addition to her many credentials, including working as an exercise specialist in a diabetes treatment center and conducting exercise-related research on people with diabetes, Dr. Colberg-Ochs has over 43 years of practical experience as a (type 1) diabetic exerciser. A frequent lecturer on diabetes and exercise across the nation to both professional and lay audiences, she is also a reviewer for many diabetes- and exercise-related scientific journals, a member of two diabetes publications' advisory boards, a monthly contributor and advisory board member of dLife, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a professional member of and volunteer for the American Diabetes Association. She also is the executive director of the Lifelong Exercise Institute (LEI, accessible at, which is a fountain of information for anyone who needs a little guidance in making lifestyle changes.

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Dr. Colberg-Ochs currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and their three boys. An avid recreational exerciser, she enjoys swimming, walking, fitness machines, biking, tennis, weight training, hiking, and yard work, as well as playing with her three (usually) active sons.

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Read an excerpt from Diabetes-Free Kids by Sheri Colberg-Ochs.

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2013

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