Characteristics Influencing Weight Reduction Among Veterans in the MOVE!® Program

Jane T. Garvin, Lucy Nelle Marion, Georgia L. Narsavage, Lorna Finnegan

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Abstract

Obesity is a common health problem for veterans. This study explored background and program characteristics associated with a 5% weight reduction for veterans enrolled in MOVE!®, a weight management program. For data analysis, 404 veteran records were examined using logistic regression. Background characteristics included socio-demographic variables, comorbidity, body mass index, rurality, and Veterans Administration (VA) priority group. Program characteristics included the program type (group attendee or self-managed) as well as the number and type of provider contacts. Thirteen percent of participants achieved a 5% weight reduction. Age in years (odds ratio [OR] = 1.04) and the number of group visits (OR = 1.05) were significant predictors for achieving a 5% weight reduction. Given the importance of weight reduction, health professionals should consider these significant predictors when planning weight-reduction programs for veterans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-65
Number of pages16
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Veterans
Weight Loss
Odds Ratio
Veterans Health
Weight Reduction Programs
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Comorbidity
Body Mass Index
Obesity
Logistic Models
Demography
Weights and Measures
Health

Keywords

  • MOVE!®
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • veterans
  • weight loss

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  • Nursing(all)

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Characteristics Influencing Weight Reduction Among Veterans in the MOVE!® Program. / Garvin, Jane T.; Marion, Lucy Nelle; Narsavage, Georgia L.; Finnegan, Lorna.

In: Western Journal of Nursing Research, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 50-65.

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