‘Army Move!’ helps families maintain, lose weight

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lt. Col. Patricia McKinney
U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The proportion of overweight Americans has increased over the last decade and the proportion of those who are obese has doubled.

Just as the nation struggles with the obesity epidemic, so does the military community. Data analyzed from the Clinical Data Repository of patient height and weight records in February 2009, showed that 68 percent of active duty family members, retirees and retiree family members ages 17 and older are overweight.

Obesity places an immense burden on the health and well-being of individuals, communities and health care systems. Health and weight are connected. Being overweight or obese increases an individual’s risk of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The good news is that these risks can be prevented and controlled by making positive lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and moving more.

“Army MOVE!” is a weight management program to help the Army family lose weight, keep it off and improve health. 

The program is designed to help families discover nutrition and physical activity strategies. It offers real-time sessions online or face-to-face in a medical treatment facility or wellness center. Registered dietitians and other health care providers coach these sessions. 

Participants have access to self-management tools to include a customized individualized report identifying their obstacles to weight management.

 

With an Army Knowledge Online account, Soldiers, retirees, family members and Department of Defense civilians can access Army MOVE! at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/248187

 

 

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