VISN 2: Veterans' Wellness, Fall 2011
TeleMOVE! Helps You Lose Weight from Home
Today, about 77 percent of the
more than 6 million Veterans
VA serves are considered overweight,
which increases your risk for
diseases and other health problems.
Miranda B. after losing 25 pounds
To help Veterans who want to lose
weight, keep it off, and improve their
health, VA offers a free personalized
weight-management program called
TeleMOVE!, which you can participate
in from your own home.
There are two types of TeleMOVE!
programs. When you enroll, a care
coordinator will help you select the
best program to meet your needs.
The MOVE! Telephone Lifestyle
Coaching program is done entirely
over the phone. You’ll follow along in a
workbook and have scheduled phone
appointments with a care coordinator.
The Home Telehealth Weight
Management program uses an
in-home messaging device, called a
Health Buddy, which you use daily to
answer questions about your weight
and health and learn how to make
healthy lifestyle changes.
Our care coordinators are VA nurses
and dietitians specially trained to
monitor your progress. All equipment
and materials you will need are
provided free and delivered to you.
Here are stories of two of the
494 Veterans currently enrolled in TeleMOVE! who have had success
with the programs.
Losing Weight for Surgery
Roy Narish after losing 46 pounds
Although Veteran Roy Narish was
aware of TeleMOVE!, he didn’t look
into it until health issues made
weight loss a priority.
“I have severe arthritis, and my
doctor told me that I needed to lose
weight before I could have knee replacement
surgery,” Roy says.
“I decided to sign up for the MOVE!
Telephone Lifestyle Coaching program
to get healthier and lose weight.”
Referring to the workbook provided
inspired him to improve his eating
habits by adding fruits and vegetables
and limiting red meat, bread,
and pasta, with only an occasional
visit to a fast-food restaurant. He
was also determined to become
more active, despite his arthritis,
and started walking twice a week
for 30 minutes. After five months,
Roy lost more than 40 pounds and
reduced his arthritic pain.
“My TeleMOVE! coach called me
every week, encouraging me to set
goals and giving me information that
could help me lose and maintain my
weight—like how to read nutrition
labels and count calories. I was able to
meet with my coach without having
to leave my house,” Roy says. “I want
to drop another 15 pounds because I
like the way I look and feel and want
to do even more for my health.”
Program Fits New Lifestyle
When Veteran Miranda B. was diagnosed
with type 2 diabetes six years
ago, she lost 70 pounds to improve
her health. But stress caused her to
gain back 30 pounds and her blood
sugar levels soared.
At her VA primary care provider’s
recommendation, Miranda B. joined
the Home Telehealth Weight Management
program last spring. She said
it helped her change her nutritional
and exercise habits to fit her new
lifestyle. Miranda began a structured
walking program and started using
stairs instead of taking the elevator. A
scheduled weekly weigh-in enabled
her to gauge her progress, and regular
messages from her TeleMOVE! coach
encouraged her to make wise food
choices. Today she is 25 pounds lighter
and her diabetes is under control.
|Interested in TeleMOVE?
You can sign up in two easy steps
- Complete the MOVE! 23 questionnaire at a VA primary clinic
or at www.move.va.gov/move23.asp.
If you enroll online,
write down your retrieval code.
- Then call TeleMOVE! at 1-877-619-0106 and select option #1.
“I have a busy life and the telephone
reminders served as reinforcements
and memory joggers that really
raised my overall awareness of losing
weight,” says Miranda B. “I have
more energy; I sleep better; and I am
more efficient throughout the day.
TeleMOVE! has enhanced my life.”
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