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

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

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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
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 28 2015


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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