The MOVE Weight Management Program is a national VA program to help veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
Who can join?
MOVE! is a program that is available to veterans enrolled in the VA with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more who think they could benefit from MOVE! and are motivated to make lifestyle changes. A consultation is not required but can be entered. Veterans can call 615-225-4733 self-planned.
MOVE! and the Bariatric Contact Point
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MOVE program options
The MOVE program at Tennessee Valley Health Care System offers a variety of services. Group or individual care using different communication methods. This includes traditional in-person visits, Veteran Video Link (VVC), telephone care (TELEMOVE!), secure messaging, as well as telehealth equipment. Weight loss medications and prescreening for bariatric surgery can be provided along with self-management support. These options require extensive consideration and several requirements must be met.
Medicines for weight loss:
Weight loss medications work best when combined with diet and activity changes. There must be a willingness to use medications as part of a weight loss plan. After participating in the first three nuclear Movement! class, an appointment may be required at our weight loss medication clinic. Individual examination is required and certain criteria must be met. Regular follow-up visits with our MOVE! providers are required to keep the prescription current.
Weight loss surgery is for some Veterans who remain too fat after trying other weight loss methods or have an obesity-related illness. Interested candidates must complete the required Move! education and meeting initial eligibility criteria to pursue a bariatric surgery evaluation. Completion of TVHS MOVE! The Bariatric Pre-Screening Program is a prerequisite for submitting a Community Care Bariatric Surgery consultation.
The first step in the bariatric process is attending the Movement! Bariatric seminar which is held every month. Veterans can call 615-225-4733 to plan. A consultation is not required. Following the successful completion of the TVHS MOVE! Bariatric pre-screening program, a summary note will be sent to the ordering physician with any further recommendations.