Obestity MOVE program

Essay by Jessica DaileyUniversity, Bachelor'sA, February 2008

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AbstractThe MOVE! Program is offered to veterans who are overweight or obese and currently receiving health care from the Veteran's Administration. MOVE! Managing Overweight and Obese Veterans Everywhere. This is a national program designed to promote health and prevent disease. The program will give the patients the tools they need to lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health. Research studies report that overweight and obese individuals are at an increased risk for many serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, obstructive sleep apnea, and gallbladder disease. MOVE! Provides guidance on nutrition and physical activity and allows the patient to set the pace through goal setting and a stepped level approach that is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. The VA healthcare team provides support and follow-up. MOVE! Allows patients the control they need to manage their weight by making them a partner with their healthcare team.

An estimated 70 to 74% of our US veterans are either overweight or obese. Obesity has been named the nation's leading cause of preventable death. The US Surgeon General issued a call to action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity in 2001. Health problems related to obesity have a significant economic impact on the US health care system.

MOVE! Weight Management ProgramThe MOVE! Program is a national weight management program designed by the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a part of the Office of Patient Care Services, to help veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health. The patients enrolled must be motivated and ready to take control over their health. The providers recommend this program for any patient with a BMI equal to or greater than 25. The patients will not be successful or committed to attend the...