Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Truman VA Weight Management MOVE Program
Around the first of the year, a lot of people decide it is a good time to set some goals for the year ahead. One common goal is to improve health by losing weight. It can feel overwhelming to think about making change in order to lose weight. At the Truman VA, MOVE is a weight management program that help Veterans who are considering healthy lifestyle changes take that first step.
WHO is invited? The MOVE classes are taught by a dietitian, psychologist, and social worker offered to Veterans enrolled at the Truman VA. Spouses are also welcome to attend.
WHAT is covered? Every Veteran thinking about improving their health through weight loss and physical activity attends a two-hour educational program. This program addresses the benefits of weight loss, reading a food label, daily calorie intake, food and exercise journals, exercise, and setting goals. During this introductory program, individuals have the opportunity to sign up for the 12 week intensive MOVE classes. These classes meet weekly and cover physical activity, nutrition, and behavior topics.
WHERE and WHEN is it offered? The two- hour educational class is typically offered the 2nd Monday and 3rd Friday of the month from 9:30-11:30 at the Truman VA. If a Veteran chooses to sign up for the 12-week program, those classes are offered at most VA Outpatient Clinics on Monday (1-2pm), Wednesday (1-2pm) and Thursday (8:30-9:30am).
WHY have a program devoted to weight loss? Of the over 5 million Veterans seen in VHA from October 2015-October 2016, nearly 79% are classified as overweight or obese. Making small adjustments to eating and activity can reduce the risk for certain health problems such as diabetes and heart disease or help control some of these conditions. Other benefits include better sleep and improved self-esteem.
HOW does it work? Other Veterans who have been successful in the MOVE program report being held accountable by the class facilitators and other class members. With the food and activity journal, Veterans feel more in control of the choices they make every day. The MOVE program provide Veterans with tools for their weight loss journey both during and after they complete the program.