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    Frank's Story

    “It gives you some great tools to choose which foods to eat and the tools to control your weight loss. Plus the coach they assign you at the beginning of the program is great!”

    - Frank, Age 68 | lost 30lbs

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Get the health you need to live the life you want.

The VLM program has helped thousands of GEHA members like you reach a healthy weight and reduce the risk of developing diseases like Type 2 diabetes. It works because it is simple and easy to follow.



We provide all the tools you need to track your progress, including an integrated digital weight scale, a top-rated pedometer, and online food log.



Your personal health coach provides customized recommendations to guide you towards lasting results that work for you and your schedule.

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

Through 16 weekly lessons you will learn to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine that you can sustain for a lifetime of healthy living.

People succeed with VLM.


Age 63 / Lost 8 pounds

"New Year, New Life! This program came at the right time for me. I have never weighed so much in my life and I knew I had to make changes and turn things around. I've stuck to it and appreciate the support from my coach. I'm not finished with my weight loss or the program. Changes I am making I am making for life! Thanks so much VLM."


Age 69 / Lost 48 pounds

“I found that this program was very user-friendly and informative. Unlike other diets, it doesn’t cost anything, only your time and awareness of what is causing your weight problem. It helps you understand what a proper serving is and it shows you exactly how much exercise you are getting. I found it the best and easiest diet.”


Age 63 / Lost 68 pounds

“I firmly believe that VLM is saving my life. I am using 20% of the insulin I used when I started VLM. I am no longer using a cane to get around. I can even get down on the floor to play with my grandkids. VLM has been a Godsend and I look forward to seeing it through until I have reached my goals. Thank you, Coach Tina and VLM.”


Age 67 / Lost 68 pounds

“VLM probably saved my life. I was overweight and didn’t eat correctly, had diabetes and high blood pressure. I committed myself to VLM, learned how to eat and how much I had to exercise to lose weight. My coach was very helpful with her feedback and encouragement. Be committed to VLM and your life will change for the better.”

Here's how it works.

GEHA will cover 100% of the cost of the VLM program for all GEHA members over the age of 18 who meet qualifying health criteria. This includes the integrated digital weight scale, pedometer, fat calorie counting book, personal health coaching and access to the VLM website administered by Canary Health. As you progress through the VLM program, it will appear on your Explanation of Benefit (EOB) forms, however, there is no cost to you.
Tracking daily activity such as steps taken or calories takes less than five minutes to complete. Each of the 16 weekly lessons take as little as 10-15 minutes to complete. Throughout the program, you will be asked to review progress and plan you next week's activities every week which can take less than 20 minutes.
VLM is a year-long program. There are 16 weekly lessons, followed by 8 monthly lessons. You will continue to be able to access the program to plan and track physical activity, nutrition and weight after you have completed the year-long curriculum.
You will complete 16 weekly lessons followed by 8 monthly lessons to get the knowledge and skills needed to adopt healthy habits. You will be asked to track daily activity such as nutrition and exercise. Once per week, you will be prompted to complete weekly tracking and plan activities for the next week. Throughout the program, your coach will monitor your progress and email you via our secure messaging system to help guide you through the program and encourage you to meet your goals.
Your health coach will be assigned to you when you sign up for the program. You will communicate with your coach through secure messaging (confidential email) so you can write to them directly from the service. The relationship you develop with your coach will provide a strong foundation of support, accountability, education, and additional tools necessary to help you reach your goals. Your VLM coach is an experienced healthcare professional chosen by VLM because of his or her experiences, skills and commitment to helping individuals lose weight and improve their health. They come from a variety of health related backgrounds such as nursing, nutrition, and physical therapy.
Yes, additional wellness opportunities are available through the GEHA website under Member Web Services. Participants can take the Health Risk Assessment and earn reward points that can be redeemed for health related equipment. Many of these activities teach lifestyle changes that will help you feel better and more energized! Lifestyle changes associated with exercise and diet can help improve blood pressure and heart function.
There are two goals for VLM. The first goal is for you to lose 7% of your body weight by eating healthier. There is strong evidence that losing that amount can significantly improve your health. The second goal is to work towards 2 ½ hours of brisk physical activity each week.
You can expect:
  1. to learn useful and valuable skills related to nutrition, exercise, and overcoming obstacles to help you reach your health goals.
  2. weekly communication, support and progress notes from a VLM coach.
  3. online tracking tools that help you record your weight, dietary intake and exercise including graphs that illustrate your weight loss and physical activity accomplishments.
  4. results: you will eat better, exercise more, lose weight and improve your overall health for the long term.
The VLM program currently has partial support for mobile devices such as an iPad and other tablets. Full support is expected in the near future, but it is recommended that you use a computer with a standard web browser (Firefox / Chrome / Internet Explorer) if you encounter any difficulties.
The VLM service is the online version of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The DPP is a research-proven lifestyle management program in which individual patients meet in face-to-face, one-on-one counseling sessions with a skilled coach to educate and support them in their weight loss efforts. The DPP, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was a landmark multi-year study with 3,234 adults with prediabetes in 27 U.S. cities. Through this intensive behavior change intervention, patients increase physical activity, improve nutrition and lose 5-7% of their body weight. Additionally, the DPP decreased the progression to diabetes by 71% for those individuals over 60 years old and by 58% for other adults. The University of Pittsburgh developed the DPP and then partnered with DPS Health (now Canary Health, Inc.) to develop the web-based VLM service. DPS Health has been providing VLM to healthcare providers, health plans and employee wellness programs for more than 10 years.
Yes. GEHA covers 100% of the cost of the VLM program which will appear on your EOB. Based on your participation throughout the yearlong program, you can receive up to five EOBs. For example, the first EOB is for completing the Orientation lesson with subsequent EOBs for completing lessons and losing weight. This VLM program will be administered by Canary Health, who will be listed on your EOBs.

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