A Clinic Based Weight Management Program

753 WordsNov 6, 20154 Pages
Introduction According to (Littman, Boyko, McDonell, & Fihn, 2012, p. 1) an estimated 70% of veterans are overweight or obese, with a body-mass index (BMI) of 25.0 or more. As results, a whole range of diseases such as coronary vascular disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, high blood pressure and pulmonary diseases emerges and impact the health of our veterans. In this assignment, I will introduce a clinic-based weight management program, the MOVE!, created by the Veterans Administration (VA) to promote health and wellness to our obese or overweight veterans. What a novel way to show our gratitude to our veterans by helping them reduce weight, promote physical health and mental wellness and in effect, improve their quality of life. MOVE! Weight-Management Program "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” Abraham Lincoln (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, n.d.). I am employed at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California (VAPAHCS) as a physical therapist. One of the health promotion initiatives that VAPAHCS offer to our veterans is the Make Our Veterans Exercise (MOVE!) Weight-Management Program. The Veterans Administration (VA) at a national level supports this health program. It is a mandated to all VA facilities, and it is the largest weight management program in the country. It also aligns with the
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