The high prevalence and high costs of overweight or obesity in the United States, especially among veterans, presents a need for implementation of an effective weight loss program. Currently, Veteran Affairs hospitals use a weight loss and health promotion program called MOVE!, which has had problems with implementation and attendance. A new program called Aspiring to Lifelong Health in VA (ASPIRE) uses the Stop Light Diet (SLD) and the small change approach, and has been associated with significant weight loss and attainable implementation practices. This study reviews a 7 day food journal and weight change for 73 participants from both the MOVE! and ASPIRE programs within a three month time span. Particularly, change in consumption of foods based on the SLD categories and weight change were analyzed among participants in the two programs. Both programs resulted in significant weight loss (baseline to 3 months). The ASPIRE program was associated with an increase in "green foods," or fruits and vegetables, whereas the MOVE! program was not. When implementing a weight loss and health promotion program for the veteran population, a program using the concept of the SLD as well as providing a coach for the participants to set small and attainable dietary goals, using the small change approach, may help the participants increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, and decrease their intake of high calorie high fat foods in order to ultimately improve health and increase the chance for weight loss.
|Advisor:||Kreysa, Peter G.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nutrition, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Aspiring to lifelong health, Obesity, Stop light diet, Veterans|
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