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 66 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused publications)
- Olmos-Ochoa TT, Niv N, Hellemann G, Cohen AN, Oberman R, Goldberg R, Young AS. Barriers to participation in web-based and in-person weight management interventions for serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2019 Sep 1; 42(3):220-228.
- Jolles SA, Alagoz E, Liu N, Voils CI, Shea G, Funk LM. Motivations of Males with Severe Obesity, Who Pursue Medical Weight Management or Bariatric Surgery. Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A. 2019 Jun 1; 29(6):730-740.
- Billings ME, Krishnan V, Su G, Donovan LM, Patel SR, Hudgel DW, Ahasic AM, Wilson KC, Thomson CC. Clinical Practice Guideline Summary for Clinicians: The Role of Weight Management in the Treatment of Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2019 Apr 1; 16(4):405-408.
- Cohen AN, Rocchio R. Developing and Initial Testing of a Mobile App Delivering an Evidence-based Weight Management Program to Veterans with Schizophrenia: CoachToFit. Spotlight on Mental Health Centers of Excellence [Cyberseminar]. VA HSR&D. 2019 Feb 11.
- Goodrich DE, Lowery JC, Burns JA, Richardson CR. The Phased Implementation of a National Telehealth Weight Management Program for Veterans: Mixed-Methods Program Evaluation. JMIR diabetes. 2018 Oct 9; 3(3):e14.
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- 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
- VA Care for Obese Veterans
Of those Veterans identified as obese, only 27.7% had an obesity diagnosis in FY02; by 2006, 53.5% had an obesity diagnosis. Although suboptimal, these rates are comparable or better than those recently reported in the public sector. Results also show that an obesity diagnosis, and not BMI per se, was the strongest predictor of receiving obesity-related education. Only about 10-13% of obese Vete...
Date: February 24, 2010
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( 5 of more than 11 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused projects
|| 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)
|| Current Weight Management Strategies Veterans with SCI/D across the VA System of Care
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Developing and Initial Testing of a Mobile App Delivering an Evidence-based Weight Management Program to Veterans with Schizophrenia: CoachToFit
|| Rocchio, Rosemary
User-Centered Reporting for Frontline MOVE! Providers: Aiming for Pyramid Analytics and Ending up in Excel
|| Burns, Jenny
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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