The beginning of every year brings new goals, new desires, and new resolutions. A common New Year theme is New Year, New You! Research suggests the top three resolutions made every year are weight loss, getting organized, and saving money – with weight loss being at the top of that list. The United States Department of Veteran Affairs has created the MOVE! Program to help veterans achieve the weight loss they desire!
What is MOVE!? MOVE! is a weight management health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. In 2015 more than three quarters of Veterans receiving care in VHA facilities were considered to be overweight or obese. Our goals are to annually screen every Veteran who receives care at VA facilities for obesity, refer individuals to weight management services, and make available different treatment options that fit the needs and preferences of our Veterans. This makes MOVE! the largest and most comprehensive weight management program associated with a medical care system in the United States. Encouraging healthy eating behavior, increasing physical activity, and promoting even small weight losses can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, and improve quality-of-life and longevity. If you would like to learn more about how MOVE! has helped thousands of Veterans achieve those goals, click here.
There are MOVE! Options of Care for Veterans to choose from. Below are the options veterans can choose from.
MOVE! Group Sessions, has the greatest evidence for success and is the most common way Veterans participate in MOVE! Time-limited, clinician-led groups meet regularly and follow a structured format for weight loss. To enable more Veterans to participate, many medical centers provide video conferencing to community-based outpatient facilities (CBOCs), as well as long-term groups for weight maintenance.
MOVE! Telephone Lifestyle Coaching is for Veterans who prefer one-on-one contact via telephone with a designated weight management coach.
TeleMOVE! is for Veterans who may benefit from frequent reminders to stay on track with their weight management goals. This includes daily interaction with in-home messaging technologies and clinician contact as needed.
MOVE! Coach is a mobile app for Veterans who prefer to manage their weight on their own. Brief check-ins with a MOVE! clinician may be available at VA facilities that offer MOVE! Coach with Care. Simply go to the App Store on any iOS device (version 6.0 or higher) and download the app now! Development of an Android version of MOVE! Coach is underway
Weight Loss Medications and Bariatric Surgery are treatment options that may be offered to Veterans who have tried MOVE! but continue to struggle with overweight or weight-related issues.
The steps for enrolling in the MOVE! program are below:
Step 1: Let your VA Primary Care team know that you are interested in MOVE!.
Step 2: Complete the MOVE!11 Getting Started Questionnaire at your local VA or online.
Step 3: Print and review your MOVE!11 Getting Started Questionnaire report with your health care team who will help you set some initial goals, such as how much total weight you want to lose, how much you want to lose each week, and your plans for increasing activity and decreasing calories. This report will also recommend MOVE! Handouts specific to your needs.
Step 4: With your team's guidance, choose from the MOVE! Options of Care available at your facility.
With this tool, and many others available, keeping those New Year Resolutions will be much easier to obtain! Good Luck!