270605 An Assessment of Army MOVE! Provider Experiences

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Ayanna Robinson, MPH , U.S. Army Public Health Command, U.S. Army Institute of Public Health, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Sandra Keelin, MS, RD, LD , U.S. Army Institute of Public Health, U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Theresa K. Jackson, PhD, MPH , U.S. Army Public Health Command, Army Insitute of Public Health, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Linda Vo, MPH, CHES , U.S. Army Public Health Command, U.S. Army Institute of Public Health, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Soldiers must meet age and gender-specific body fat standards, as defined by Army Regulation (AR) 600-9, the Army Weight Control Program. Soldiers who fail to meet standards risk disciplinary action, which may include involuntary dismissal. Army MOVE! was adopted from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) MOVE! program, a comprehensive, multi-tiered, individualized, evidence based weight management program, and deployed Army wide in 2009 as the uniform weight management program for Soldiers. Guided by the RE-AIM framework for program evaluation, the purpose of this project was to assess the experiences of current Army MOVE! facilitators (n=31), including barriers, successes, and current delivery of the program. A 38 question survey was electronically delivered to Registered Dietitians in Army Medical Treatment Facilities. Descriptive and bivariate analyses measured reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of existing Army MOVE! programs. Survey results showed that instructors believe Army MOVE! is useful but are limited in the extent to which they implement the program to fidelity. This presentation will discuss these results and associated recommendations that informed revisions for the standardized Army weight management program

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the purpose of the Army MOVE! program and its intended model of delivery. Describe the most common changes instructors are currently making to the Army MOVE! program. List the perceived barriers to delivery and benefits of the Army MOVE! program, as indicated by Army MOVE! facilitators. Discuss the recommendations for a standardized Army weight management program, based on study findings and evidence based guidelines.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Master level public health practitioner with experience in research, program planning, program evaluation of nutrition and other chronic disease prevention programs. I also led the evaluation efforts for this program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.