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

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


[dynamic music] [bell dings] – 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. [bell dings] [stirring music] male announcer:
V.A. RESEARCH: IMPROVING VETERANS’ LIVES.

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