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 85 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT focused publications)
- Gray KE, Hoerster KD, Spohr SA, Breland JY, Raffa SD. National Veterans Health Administration MOVE! Weight Management Program Participation During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Preventing chronic disease. 2022 Mar 10; 19:E11.
- Breland JY, Agha K, Mohankumar R. Adoption and Appropriateness of mHealth for Weight Management in the Real World: A Qualitative Investigation of Patient Perspectives. JMIR formative research. 2021 Dec 8; 5(12):e29916.
- Kobe EA, Crowley MJ, Jeffreys AS, Yancy WS, Zervakis J, Edelman D, Voils CI, Maciejewski ML, Coffman CJ. Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects Among Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Elevated Body Mass Index in a Study Comparing Group Medical Visits Focused on Weight Management and Medication Intensification. Medical care. 2021 Nov 1; 59(11):1031-1038.
- LaVela SL, Pedersen J, Ehrlich-Jones L, Heinemann AW. Positive and negative ways that informal caregivers are affected by weight and weight management efforts for care recipients with spinal cord injury. Disability and rehabilitation. 2022 Nov 1; 44(23):7152-7160.
- LaVela SL, Pedersen J, Ehrlich-Jones L, Heinemann AW. Informal caregivers' self-identified roles in facilitating health-promoting behaviours for weight management in community-dwelling care recipients living with spinal cord injury in the United States. Health & Social Care in The Community. 2022 Sep 1; 30(5):e1585-e1598.
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(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
|| The EMBER Trial for Weight Management Engagement
|| WOOP VA: Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions to Promote Weight Management in Primary Care
|| 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
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