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 72 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused publications)
- Hoerster KD, Gray K, Raffa SD. Weight Management and Healthy Lifestyles. JAMA internal medicine. 2020 Aug 24.
- Muegge CM, Zollinger TW, Song Y, Wessel J, Monahan PO, Moffatt SM. Barriers to Weight Management Among Overweight and Obese Firefighters. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2020 Jan 1; 62(1):37-45.
- Muralidharan A, Brown CH, Zhang Y, Niv N, Cohen AN, Kreyenbuhl J, Oberman RS, Goldberg RW, Young AS. Quality of life outcomes of web-based and in-person weight management for adults with serious mental illness. Journal of behavioral medicine. 2019 Nov 18.
- Yancy WS, Crowley MJ, Dar MS, Coffman CJ, Jeffreys AS, Maciejewski ML, Voils CI, Bradley AB, Edelman D. Comparison of Group Medical Visits Combined With Intensive Weight Management vs Group Medical Visits Alone for Glycemia in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: A Noninferiority Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA internal medicine. 2019 Nov 4.
- Zenk SN, Tarlov E, Wing C, Slater S, Jones KK, Fitzgibbon M, Powell LM. Does the built environment influence the effectiveness of behavioral weight management interventions?. Preventive medicine. 2019 Sep 1; 126:105776.
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- 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 12 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused projects
|| MOVE!+UP: Testing a Tailored Weight Management Program for Veterans with PTSD
|| Measuring the Longitudinal Relationshipsbetween Obesity, Weight Management Intervention, and Medical Expenditure
|| Improving VA Weight Management Outcomes: Role of the Residential Environment
|| Jump Starting Shared Medical Appointments for Diabetes with Weight Management
|| Improving Weight Management at VA: Enhancing the MOVE!23 for Primary Care (CDA 10-206)
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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
Developing and Initial Testing of a Mobile App Delivering an Evidence-based Weight Management Program to Veterans with Schizophrenia: CoachToFit
|| Cohen, Amy
User-Centered Reporting for Frontline MOVE! Providers: Aiming for Pyramid Analytics and Ending up in Excel
|| Kelley, Caitlin
Development of an Intervention and Protocol to Improve Weight Management in Primary Care at the Veterans Affairs
|| Sherman, Scott
Identifying Best Practices within the MOVE! Weight Management Program for Veterans: An Application of Qualitative Comparative Analysis
|| Kahwati, Leila
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