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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(2), 1174-1195; doi:10.3390/ijerph120201174

Preventing Obesity in the Military Community (POMC): The Development of a Clinical Trials Research Network

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Department of Family Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, 9040 Fitzsimmons Avenue, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, WA 98431, USA
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Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc., 6720A Rockledge Dr., Bethesda, MD 20817, USA
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Department of Family and Community Medicine, Nelson Hall, Fort Gordon, GA 30905, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, 9300 DeWitt Loop, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060, USA
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Oregon Research Institute, 1776 Millrace Dr., Eugene, OR 97403, USA
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Section on Growth and Obesity, Program in Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, DHHS, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, 100 Brewster Blvd., Camp Lejeune, NC 28547, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, 100 Brewster Blvd., Camp Lejeune, NC 28547, USA
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Department of Research, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, 100 Brewster Blvd., Camp Lejeune, NC 28547, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
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Academic Editor: Andrew P. Hills
Received: 2 September 2014 / Accepted: 12 December 2014 / Published: 22 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Childhood Obesity: Novel Approaches to a Global Problem)
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Abstract

Obesity impacts the U.S. military by affecting the health and readiness of active duty service members and their families. Preventing Obesity in Military Communities (POMC) is a comprehensive research program within Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) in three Military Training Facilities. This paper describes three pilot randomized controlled trials that target critical high risk periods for unhealthy weight gain from birth to young adulthood: (1) pregnancy and early infancy (POMC-Mother-Baby), (2) adolescence (POMC-Adolescent), and (3) the first tour of duty after boot camp (POMC-Early Career). Each study employs a two-group randomized treatment or prevention program with follow up. POMC offers a unique opportunity to bring together research and clinical expertise in obesity prevention to develop state-of-the-art programs within PCMHs in Military Training Facilities. This research builds on existing infrastructure that is expected to have immediate clinical benefits to DoD and far-reaching potential for ongoing collaborative work. POMC may offer an economical approach for widespread obesity prevention, from conception to young adulthood, in the U.S. military as well as in civilian communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: patient centered medical home; military; weight gain; obesity; prevention; pregnancy; early career; loss of control eating; adolescence patient centered medical home; military; weight gain; obesity; prevention; pregnancy; early career; loss of control eating; adolescence
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Spieker, E.A.; Sbrocco, T.; Theim, K.R.; Maurer, D.; Johnson, D.; Bryant, E.; Bakalar, J.L.; Schvey, N.A.; Ress, R.; Seehusen, D.; Klein, D.A.; Stice, E.; Yanovski, J.A.; Chan, L.; Gentry, S.; Ellsworth, C.; Hill, J.W.; Tanofsky-Kraff, M.; Stephens, M.B. Preventing Obesity in the Military Community (POMC): The Development of a Clinical Trials Research Network. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 1174-1195.

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