May 12, 2006
Internet Harnessed for Veterans' Health
“Good nutrition and physical activity can help millions of Americans preserve the independence that would be threatened by diabetes and being overweight,” said the Honorable R. James Nicholson. “We want everyone to know that they can act now, before it is too late, and VA has the tools to help.”
The new health care assessment is part of a campaign called MOVE – Managing Obesity/Overweight for Veterans Everywhere – which is part of the HealthierUS Veterans program sponsored by the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to reduce obesity and diabetes, a disease often associated with being overweight.
Patients enrolled in VA's health care program can complete an interactive on-line questionnaire about their health status, nutrition and exercise. Based on their information, veterans and family members receive a custom report with health information and instructions for follow up with the staff of a VA medical center.
“Our prescription for
People not enrolled in VA's health care program can log into www.move.va.gov/move23.asp and answer 23 questions. They will receive an individualized report giving them suggestions about making changes in their eating and physical activity and referring them to materials on the Web site.
Nicholson said VA medical centers nationwide are starting an aggressive effort to counsel and follow up with patients who express interest in managing their weight.
The VA secretary spoke at the annual National Veterans Golden Age Games in
Launching the program at the Golden Age Games allows participants to register for MOVE on computers set up for them in
VA estimates that 70 percent of its patients are overweight, compared to 64 percent of the
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