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MOVE! Coach

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MOVE!® Coach is a weight loss app for Veterans, service members, their families, and others who want to lose weight. This 19-week program guides the participants to achieve success with weight loss through education, and use of tools, in an easy and convenient way. Participants can monitor, track, and receive feedback regarding their progress with weight, diet, and exercise goals.

Features:

  • Self-Management Guides – educate the participant on a variety of weight-management success strategies using videos, worksheets, games, and other tools. Guides will be made available weekly or bi-weekly, based on your progression through the 19-week program.
  • Weight, Diet and Physical Activity Diaries – for daily tracking of weight, diet, and physical activity
  • My Goals and Progress – participants can set weight loss and SMART goals, and see progress reports and summaries
  • How to Solve Problems – additional resources for overcoming barriers This app can be used by itself, but additional benefit may be achieved if used in combination with treatment with your healthcare provider.
  • Getting to Know the App

    The MOVE! ® Coach home screen provides the features and information available in the MOVE! Coach App. The main components are Self-Management Guides, How To Solve Problems, My Goals & Progress and a graphing feature. You will also see icons to manage your settings, seek help, add an entry and share progress on social media.

  • Self-Management Guides

    The self-management guides provide you with focus areas for each of the 19 weeks of the MOVE!® Weight Management Program. Each guide has Objectives, Homework, a Questionnaire, Chapters, Related Handouts, and an introduction to the Next Guide.

  • Weight Entries

    Daily weight measurements are used to help track your progress in the MOVE! Coach App. Type your weight in pounds from the pop-up numeric keypad that appears.

  • Diet Entries

    Record the food you eat, nutritional value and portion size for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Enter foods by searching from a list provided in the app, customizing your own or selecting from foods you’ve designated as favorites. You can also add the amount of water you drink and record your hunger and mood with each meal.

  • Physical Activity Entries

    Record the type of physical activity you did each day, the level of intensity and the duration. Enter activities by searching from a list provided in the app, customizing your own, selecting from activities you do most frequently or calculating the number of steps you’ve taken. Categorize your movement as Aerobic, Strength, Flexibility or Steps. Your Weekly Activity screen shows your calories eaten and calories remaining.

  • My Goals & Progress

    The My Goals & Progress section provides tools for setting goals and tracking progress. Categories include Self-Monitoring, My Goals, Graphs, Calculation Tools, My Summaries and My Reports.

  • How to Solve Problems

    Stay motivated and keep making progress by using resources and seeking support to help you overcome barriers.

  • Setting Goals

    Making your goals concrete in writing and setting check-in dates can help you stay on track and set achievable steps to success. Make weight loss goals, physical activity goals and dietary goals. You can also challenge your friends with a little healthy competition!

  • Summaries & Reports

    See reports of your completed self-management guides, energy balance, steps you’ve taken, weight, physical activity, diet, daily meals and nutrients.

  • Share Your Results

    By sharing your results, you can check in with your care team and celebrate your progress with your supporters. You can share via social media or with features and applications installed on your device that allow you to send PDFs of your summaries, reports and accomplishments.

The MOVE!® Coach Mobile (MCM) App is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) weight loss App for Veterans that combines self-management tools and information from VA’s 19-week MOVE! Weight Management Program with guidance from the VA MOVE! team. With the convenient and easy-to-use MOVE! Coach Mobile App, you can track your progress with weight and exercise goals, as well as receive tailored feedback while learning to control weight management barriers.
No. MOVE!® Coach Mobile is available for anyone! Although the content was created with Veterans in mind and considers common Veteran issues, anyone can benefit from the App’s educational resources and tracking features.
While MOVE! Coach Mobile can be used by anyone, only Veteran participants will be able to have connection with their MOVE! health care team. Access for everyone is supported because the VA supports families, Caregivers, and additional Veteran support systems who may also be interested in weight management.
The App contains self-management guides; weight, diet and physical activity diaries; tools for setting goals and tracking progress; graphing, reporting and summarizing capabilities; as well as resources for overcoming barriers to achieving weight-loss goals.
No. The information you add into the App is stored on your device and will not be shared.
The self-management guides provide you with focus areas for each of the 19 weeks of the MOVE!® Weight Management Program. Participants complete one guide per week for the first three weeks then one guide every other week for eight more weeks.
Each guide has an objectives overview, homework and activities, a questionnaire about your reflections and progress, chapters within each week’s topic, a questionnaire to prepare you for the next week and related handouts.
You will always be able to go back to the self-management guide you have completed. However, you cannot jump ahead to future guides because the guides take into account the time needed for you to learn weight-management concepts and build weight-management skills in a progressive, timed fashion. Guides you cannot yet access will be indicated by a lock icon next to their headings.
Once you have completed a guide, you can share a PDF of the answers and information you provided as you went through the guide.
Daily weight measurements are needed to track your progress in MOVE!® Tap the + icon available on most screens within the App, and tap Weight from the pop-up menu. Type your weight in pounds from the pop-up numeric keypad that appears. Tap Done to save your entry.
Tap the + icon available on most screens within the App, and tap Diet from the pop-up menu. Tap whether you would like to add what you have eaten for either Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or a Snack. Enter a food item either by searching from a list already provided in the App, entering a customized food or meal or selecting from foods you have designated as your favorites.
When selecting a food item, you will need to add the portion size for your food entry. If you are customizing or adding a new food that isn’t in the database, you will have the option to enter nutritional values and portion sizes. Always tap Done to save your entries.
You also have the opportunity to add the amount of water you drank during a meal and to record your hunger and mood with each meal.
Tap the + icon available on most screens within the App, and tap Physical Activity from the pop-up menu. Enter your physical activity by searching from a list already provided in the App, customizing an activity or workout, selecting from activities that you most commonly do or are your favorites or entering the number of steps you have walked per day.
You will need to designate the intensity of your activity; how long you did it; and whether the activity was aerobic, strength training, flexibility improvement or walking. Tap Done to save your entry.
Avoid setbacks, stay motivated and keep making progress by using resources that can help you overcome obstacles. Tap How To Solve Problems from the MOVE!® Coach Mobile home screen. Tap one of the categories available to see helpful handouts that pertain to the topic you selected. You can also seek encouragement and support from a list of contacts you can create, trusted websites, call centers or your social media networks.
From the Goals & Progress screen under the Self-Monitoring section, you can review a diary of weight, physical activity and diet entries you have created. You also have the option to graph all of your diaries by tapping the graph icon in the bottom left corner of your diary.
Understanding your motivation, making your goals concrete in writing, setting check-in dates for reaching your goals and challenging your friends can help you stay on track and set achievable steps to success.
From the Goals & Progress screen under the My Goals section, tap whether you would like to set weight, physical activity or dietary goals. You will be asked to type your goals and set a check-in date for your progress.
You can also challenge your friends to a weight, activity or diet challenge via social media.
There is basic graph on the MOVE!® Coach Mobile home screen where you can see an overview of your weight, physical activity and diet in the date range you select. However, more details and graphing options are provided in the Goals & Progress screen under the My Goals section.
Tap Weight Graphs to see a line graph of how your weight or Body Mass Index (BMI) has changed. Tap Physical Activity Graphs to see a pie chart of the percent of time you spend on activities that pertain to flexibility, strength or aerobic exercises. Tap Diet Graphs to see a bar graph of your food intake, with your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to show your total calorie count.
At the bottom of each graph, you can change the date range of the data graphed by tapping the range that appears at the bottom left corner of screen. You can choose from 1 Day, 1 Week, 1 Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, 1 Year or 2 Years, depending on the amount of data that you have entered. You also have the option of sharing a PDF of your graphs.
From the Goals & Progress screen, tap whether you would like to view summaries for your completed self-management guides, a graph of your energy balance or view of map of the total distance you have walked. You can view these summaries as PDFs and share them.
From the Goals & Progress screen, tap whether you would like to view reports for weight, physical activity, diet, daily meals or nutrients. Tap the duration you would like to view, and a PDF with the details and a chart or graph of your report will be created.
You can celebrate your progress on social media wherever you see the Twitter or Facebook icons. Tap one of the icons, type your message in the pop-up box that appears, and tap Post to share your information.
The MOVE!® Coach Mobile App also allows you to share PDFs of your Self-Management Guides Summaries and Reports. On the PDF you would like to share, tap the box icon with an arrow to see additional ways of sharing besides social media. Based on the features and applications installed on your device that can send PDFs, tap the method you would like to use. Send as you normally share information with these methods.
A Quick Start Guide, Slideshow and User Manual for the MOVE!® Coach Mobile App can be found on mobilehealth.va.gov/app/move-coach-mobile. The MOVE! Coach Mobile App also has guides for its features built into the App, indicated by the ? icon that appears throughout the App. Tap on the ? icon to see resources and explanations.
If you need assistance with the MOVE! Coach Mobile App, dial 1-877-327-0022 to speak with a VA representative. The Help Desk is open weekdays from 7 a.m. t 7 p.m. CT. For TTY assistance, dial 711.


Help Desk
VA Care Teams: (844) 482-6624
Veterans: (877) 470-5947
Weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (CT)

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