Milwaukee POWER Project: VA Research teams up with VSOs to tackle hypertension


Uploaded by VeteransHealthAdmin on 17.04.2012

Transcript:
[dynamic music]
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- ALL PRESENT PLEASE STAND.
WITH COLORS IN PLACE,
HAND SALUTE.
READY, TWO.
- POWER RESEARCH PROJECT
IS AN EFFORT TO HAVE VETERANS
WHO ARE MEETING AT VETERANS' SERVICE ORGANIZATION POSTS
HELP ONE ANOTHER TO DO A BETTER JOB
OF SELF-MANAGING BLOOD PRESSURE.
- EVERYBODY WANTED TO LOSE WEIGHT.
EVERYONE WANTED TO KNOW THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE
AND WORK ON LOWERING IT.
BUT MOST OF THE GENTLEMEN
EITHER DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO START THE PROCESS
OR NEEDED A LITTLE BOOST.
- WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT V.A. RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE
WERE AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS
THAT DIDN'T COME INTO THE V.A. AS PATIENTS
BUT THAT LIVED OUT IN THE COMMUNITY.
- HOW OFTEN DO YOU DRINK FRUIT JUICES, SUCH AS...
- ONCE WE HAVE BEEN TRAINED,
WE TAKE THIS INFORMATION BACK TO OUR POST
AND PRESENT IT ON A MONTHLY BASIS.
AND IT CAN BE A VARIETY OF TOPICS,
FROM DIABETES TO LOW SALT INTAKES
TO LOWERING YOUR CHOLESTEROL
TO CONTROLLING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.
- THE PEER PRESSURE IS PART OF THE SUCCESS RATE.
IF THERE WASN'T PRESSURE THAT YOUR BUDDIES ARE THERE
AND THEY'RE WORKING AT IT,
IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AS SUCCESSFUL AS IT WAS.
- A LOT OF THE MEMBERS HAD VISIBLE CHANGES
IN EITHER THEIR STAMINA IF THEY WERE EXERCISING REGULARLY,
OR THEY HAD SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THEIR WEIGHT.
OR THEY NOTICED SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE.
AND I THINK THAT REALLY MADE THEM MORE CONFIDENT
THAT THEY COULD MANAGE THEIR OWN HEALTH.
- US CONTROLLING OUR BLOOD PRESSURE,
THAT'S TANGIBLE NOW, YOU KNOW?
US CONTROLLING OUR SALT INTAKE,
THAT'S TANGIBLE RIGHT NOW.
THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE FUTURE.
THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES.
- WE TRULY CARE ABOUT THEM, AND WE WANT TO LEARN MORE
SO THAT WE CAN BETTER SERVE THEM,
AS THEY HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY.
- I THINK OUR WHOLE POST IS BETTER OFF.
WE'RE NOT WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES,
BUT WE'RE BETTER OFF WITH THIS PROGRAM, BY FAR,
THAN BEFORE IT STARTED.
- WE HAVE TO BE A PART OF THE V.A. RESEARCH
SO THAT THEY CAN GET STATISTICS
TO SERVE VETERANS WHO ARE COMING AFTER US.
- AND I THINK THAT THAT KIND OF PARTNERSHIP
BETWEEN THE VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS AND THE V.A.
CAN REALLY ONLY IMPROVE THE FOCUS OF V.A. RESEARCH.
- GUYS ARE WALKING MORE
AND DOING PUSH-UPS
AND THINGS THEY QUIT DOING 25 YEARS AGO.
- GIVEN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED,
IT'D BE FAIR TO SAY THAT SOMEBODY'S LIFE HAS BEEN SAVED.
- I NOW DECLARE THIS MEETING OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
ADJOURNED.
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male announcer: V.A. RESEARCH:
IMPROVING VETERANS' LIVES.