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NCP 20th Anniversary

NCP Celebrates 20 Years

When the VHA NCP officially opened in Durham, NC two decades ago, few could've predicted the important contributions it would make.

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MOVE! 10th Anniversary

MOVE! Celebrates 10 years

The 10th anniversary of NCP’s MOVE! Weight Management Program for Veterans is rapidly approaching.

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Welcome   to the MOVE! Weight Management Program supported by VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP). We are quickly approaching the 10th anniversary of MOVE!. A tremendous amount has been learned about weight management since our inception in January 2006. Over the years we have refined MOVE! to keep up with this new knowledge. As a result, we at NCP are proud to make available to our Veterans the most up-to-date approaches for weight management. Continue to read below and explore the links on this website to learn more about MOVE!.

What is MOVE!?  MOVE! is a weight management health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) serves more than 9 million of the 22 million Veterans in the United States. Of the 9 million Veterans receiving care in VHA facilities, 78% are considered to be overweight or obese. Our goals are to annually screen every Veteran who receives care at VA facilities for obesity, refer individuals to weight management services, and make available different treatment options that fit the needs and preferences of our Veterans. This makes MOVE! the largest and most comprehensive weight management program associated with a medical care system in the United States. Encouraging healthy eating behavior, increasing physical activity, and promoting even small weight losses can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, and improve quality-of-life and longevity. If you would like to learn more about how MOVE! has helped thousands of Veterans achieve those goals, make sure to read our MOVE! Success Stories.

Now that you know a little bit about us, familiarize yourself with the MOVE! Treatment Options for Veterans below, and then Get Started! Please note that treatment options vary by facility.

MOVE! Treatment Options for Veterans
MOVE! Group Sessions, our most popular option for Veterans, is the treatment with the greatest evidence for success! Time-limited, clinician-led groups meet weekly and follow a structured format for weight loss. To enable more Veterans to participate, many medical centers provide video conferencing to community-based outpatient facilities (CBOCs), as well as long-term groups for weight maintenance.
MOVE! Telephone Lifestyle Coaching is for Veterans who prefer one-on-one contact via telephone with a designated weight management coach.
TeleMOVE! is for Veterans who may benefit from frequent reminders to stay on track with their weight management goals. This includes daily interaction with in-home messaging technologies, and clinician contact as needed.
MOVE! Coach is a mobile app for Veterans who prefer to manage their weight on their own. Brief check-ins with a MOVE! clinician may be available at VA facilities that offer MOVE! Coach with Care. Simply go to the App Store on any iOS device (version 6.0 or higher) and download the app now! Development of an Android version of MOVE! Coach is underway.
Weight Loss Medications and Bariatric Surgery are more intensive medical treatments that may be offered to patients who have previously tried other MOVE! options but continue to struggle with overweight or weight-related issues.

Get Started
Step 1: Let your VA Primary Care team know that you are interested in MOVE!.
Step 2: Complete the MOVE!11 Getting Started Questionnaire at your local VA or online.
Step 3: Print and review your MOVE!11 Getting Started Questionnaire report with your team who will help you set some initial goals, such as how much total weight you want to lose, how much you want to lose each week, and your plans for increasing activity and decreasing calories. This report will also recommend MOVE! Handouts specific to your needs.
Step 4: With your team's guidance, choose from the MOVE! Treatment Options available at your facility.

Not a Veteran receiving care at the VA? No problem!
We are pleased to make available the MOVE! Handouts and MOVE! Coach mobile app to individual interested in learning more about weight management. You may find it helpful to complete the MOVE!11 Getting Started Questionnaire. For healthcare providers interested in learning more about our standard curriculum, click here to access our MOVE! Group Sessions.

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