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Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight has considerable benefits for both short- and long-term health. Both overweight and underweight can impact everything from organ function to blood pressure to bone density. For Veterans, challenges to maintaining a healthy weight can range from stress and mental health challenges, which can contribute to eating disorders and underweight; to taking certain medications, which can contribute to overweight. VA research into healthy weight management covers all aspects of general health to implementation of policies designed to help Veterans’ stay more physically fit.

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(5 of more than 90 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 6 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused publication briefs)

  • Weight Management as Effective as Medication Intensification for Glycemic Control among Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes
    This randomized clinical trial sought to determine whether adding intensive weight management to group medical visits (WM/GMV) improves glycemia compared with GMV alone, while enhancing weight loss and decreasing medication intensity in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Findings showed that for Veterans with diabetes who attended group medical visits, adding intensive weight management u...
    Date: November 4, 2019
  • Study Highlights Mental Health Services Important to Women Veterans
    Investigators in this study identified a subset of women Veteran primary care users who were potential stakeholders for mental health services, and then quantified their priorities for these services. Treatment for depression, pain management, coping with chronic conditions, sleep problems, weight management, and PTSD emerged as the top six mental healthcare priorities for women. The majority of w...
    Date: November 17, 2014
  • Study Compares VA Weight Loss Interventions for Veterans
    The Aspiring for Lifelong Health (ASPIRE) small-changes weight loss intervention was developed to address the need for effective weight loss treatment for vulnerable populations. This randomized clinical trial evaluated the effectiveness of the ASPIRE intervention by randomly assigning obese Veterans to one of three treatment programs: 1) the ASPIRE-Group program, delivered via in-person groups; 2...
    Date: September 9, 2014
  • Factors Associated with Use of VA MOVE! Program for Obese and Overweight Veterans
    This study sought to describe facility-level variability in the utilization of MOVE! (defined as 1 or more visits) – and to examine patient- and facility-level correlates of program use. Findings showed that although substantial variation exists across VA facilities in MOVE! utilization rates (0.05% to 16%), Veterans most in need of obesity management services were more likely to access the weight...
    Date: December 10, 2013
  • MOVE! Weight Management Program Characteristics Associated with Patient Retention
    MOVE! program coordinators identified characteristics associated with patient retention, such as: provider knowledge of and referral to the program, reputation of the program within the medical facility, group meeting schedule (e.g. offering multiple meeting times), inclusion of physical activity in group meetings, and involvement by the MOVE! physician champion. There were no differences in patie...
    Date: July 1, 2012

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( 5 of more than 14 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 19-422 The EMBER Trial for Weight Management Engagement Breland, Jessica 2022-02-01
IIR 20-153 WOOP VA: Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions to Promote Weight Management in Primary Care Jay, Melanie 2021-09-01
IIR 18-230 MOVE!+UP: Testing a Tailored Weight Management Program for Veterans with PTSD Hoerster, Katherine 2020-10-01
IIR 18-019 Measuring the Longitudinal Relationshipsbetween Obesity, Weight Management Intervention, and Medical Expenditure Maciejewski, Matthew 2019-06-01
IIR 13-085 Improving VA Weight Management Outcomes: Role of the Residential Environment Tarlov, Elizabeth 2014-10-01

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The most recent "Weight Management" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
7/23/2020 Effect of Frontline Clinical Team Participation in a Virtual Quality Improvement Learning Program on Weight Management Program Outcomes: Results from the LEAP stepped-wedge randomized controlled trial Freitag, Michele  
Damschroder, Laura  
2/11/2019 Developing and Initial Testing of a Mobile App Delivering an Evidence-based Weight Management Program to Veterans with Schizophrenia: CoachToFit Cohen, Amy  
Rocchio, Rosemary  
1/24/2017 User-Centered Reporting for Frontline MOVE! Providers: Aiming for Pyramid Analytics and Ending up in Excel Kelley, Caitlin  
Burns, Jennifer  
Damschroder, Laura  
2/23/2016 Development of an Intervention and Protocol to Improve Weight Management in Primary Care at the Veterans Affairs Sherman, Scott  
Jay, Melanie  

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