VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Now that winter is finally over, it’s time to give some serious thought to taking part in activities that will help you improve your overall health. VA offers many programs that can help you reach your fitness goals including MOVE!® - VA’s national weight management program for veterans. MOVE!® can help you lose weight, keep it off and improve your health.
MOVE!® is a weight self-management program for veterans who want to improve their health. The first step is to let your VA Primary Care team know that you are interested in MOVE!в.
- Your VA Primary Care Team will encourage you to complete the MOVE!® Questionnaire. You can complete this at the VA, or you can do this now at www.move.va.gov/mov23.asp.
- The questionnaire produces a report based on your answers to help identify your specific needs. Print your report and take it with you to your next primary care visit.
- The team 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.
With guidance from your teams, you will choose from the support options available at your facility.
MOVE!® Group Sessions
This is one of the most effective ways to develop your weight management skills. Most programs offer a course of 10 sessions over serveral weeks. Working on managing your weight can be fun, lively, and a great way to learn from the healthcare staff and other Veterans.
Working with your primary care or MOVE!® team members by telephone.
Home Messaging provides daily written messages using a device connected to your home telephone.
Interactive Voice Response
Interactive Voice Response provides audio coaching messges using your home or cellular phone. Both versions of TeleMOVE! are supported by a Care Coordinator who monitors your progress and calls you as needed.
MOVE!® Telephone Lifestyle Coaching (TLC)
In MOVE!® TLC, Veterans are given a workbook with lesson plans and exercises. A TLC coach will call you on a regular basis to discuss the lessons and support your progress.
Some Veterans will need specialized diets, physical activity programs, or assistance from other specialists.
In Connecticut, contact Vera Carbone, RN at 203-932-5177 ext. 2710.