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HealthPOWER! Prevention News Spring 2013

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From the Editor—It's the height of the spring sports season, and I've been fortunate this year to be involved in my son's lacrosse team..  Read more...

FEATURE ARTICLE

Broadcasting Better Health: New Pilot Program Helps Tampa-Area Veterans “Be Active and MOVE!®"— Once MOVE!® Program Coordinator Melody Chavez initiated the Be Active and MOVE!® pilot program for Veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, it didn't take long for her to see the program's impact.  Read more...

SPRING SHOWCASE ARTICLES

Hands-On HPDP: Health Living Messages Come Alive at the Sioux Falls VA HCS Winter Health Fair— When the HPDP Committee at the Sioux Falls (SD) VAHCS decided to do the second annual Healthy Living Fair, they agreed that it should allow Veterans to experience the Healthy Living (HL) messages.  Read more...

Dietetic Interns and Veterans Benefit from Novel HPDP Rotation at the DeBakey VAMC—At MEDVAMC, the Dietetic Internship, HPDP, and MOVE!® Programs share a common goal: caring for Veterans and training Dietetic Interns. Each year, Nutrition and Food Services' (NFS') Internship trains as many as twelve Dietetic Interns, and the HPDP Program recently began pursuing a 2-4-week rotation in the Internship schedule.  Read more...

Systematic Review of the Potential Benefits of Fitness Center Membership Reveals Need for More Research—The Durham VAMC Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) housed at the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care recently partnered with NCP to assess the benefits of health plan-sponsored fitness center memberships on patient health and health care. In October 2012, investigators from the ESP published a systematic review of the data on how these memberships impact physical activity, health care costs, and health care utilization. Read more...

Articles from the Field: HPDP PMs Collaborate to Reduce Prostate Cancer Screening Overuse—The overuse of clinical preventive services is a common problem in the clinical setting. Unnecessary PSA screening can lead to morbidities (e.g., pain, incontinence, and infection), psychological stress, and unnecessary treatments for patients. Read more...

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SUCCESS STORIES

Just Right: Inspired by loss, Kimela Nisely gets TLC support to make lasting health changes—Veteran Kimela Nisely had smoked for 32 years, but had always wanted to quit. "My husband recently passed away from the complications of emphysema and COPD," she explains. "And that was what finally motivated me to make the change."  Read more...

Accountability, Confidence, Change: TLC Coach Helps Veteran William Brown Achieve His Goals—One look at Veteran William Brown's numbers and it's easy to see the success that he's had with the TLC program. Over just 4 months, he's lost 16 pounds, reduced his BMI from 29.8 to 27.4, and lowered his blood glucose level (A1c) from 8.9 to 6.1. But these numbers don't tell the whole story of what he's achieved.  Read more...

Picture Of Health: Veteran Don Hedlund Finds the Time to Take Care of Himself with MOVE!®—I had just retired and in December 2011, I went in for a physical at the Iowa City VAMC. I was already prediabetic, but found that my A1c had jumped from 6.4 to 7.5. My doctor put me on something to control it, but I didn't want to take more medications because I was already on metformin and a drug for high blood pressure. However, I also didn't want to ignore my diabetes like two of my friends had—one was now on dialysis and the other had lost a leg.  Read more...

You Don't Have To Be Skinny, Just Healthy: MOVE!® Helps Veteran Walter Hood Get His Lifestyle Back—"Weight took my lifestyle away, so I had to lose weight to do the things I love to do," says Walter Hood, a MOVE!® patient and Vietnam-era Veteran. So he went to the Overton Brooks (LA) VAMC to do it.  Read more...

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