Veterans: Get healthy with VA’s MOVE! program

Commitment and patience will get you there


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Here we come again…with that New Year’s Resolution thing.

Lose weight!

I know it’s good for me.

You CAN do it.

Tonyia did. Lost 43 pounds…so far! Barry did. Lost almost 80 POUNDS! And looking good. Click and read their stories.

This year, DO IT!A cartoon drawing of a man doing exercises

Remember in basic training, when they MADE you line up outside the barracks at oh-dark-hundred? And you hated it. At first. But you did it.

A group of soldiers line up outside a barracks

And then it became routine. And six weeks later, you were thinner and quicker and in better shape and…come on…ENJOYED the routine and the benefits you derived from it.

That’s what this Resolution stuff is all about. Or should be.

A scale

I finally realized I needed to say THIS WILL TAKE A WHILE. I’m not going to lose 15 pounds – and keep it off – in 10 days – like those TV ads.

This will take a while…AND DISCIPLINE! Just like going to the drill pad for six weeks until I finally learned to stay in step.

This is a great video…about Walter…and the smart things, he learned that helped him eat wisely…and get healthy. It also includes some medical issues you don’t think about until the doctor tells you about the risks.

A cartoon drawing of a man doing exercises

VA has all kinds of programs to help you do this. Hundreds of Veterans are living healthier lives because they took advantage of VA’s MOVE! program. Visit your local VA medical center and sign up!

A MOVE! graphic

I’ve interviewed lots of Veterans who used the MOVE! program and the first thing they tell you is HOW GOOD they feel. You can do that.

But don’t buy those 34-waist jeans just yet. Maybe in August. Remember, you put it all on over years…it’s not going away in weeks. Patience.A cartoon drawing of a man doing exercisesAnd the knowledge that you WILL get there…that you CAN do it.

Here’s the MOVE! link…one click and away you go!

Author

Hans Petersen

Hans Petersen is senior writer-editor for Digital Media, VHA Office of Communications. An Air Force Veteran, Hans also served two years in the Peace Corps and worked for 20 years in broadcasting before joining VA.

Comments

  1. Saptarshi Bhattacharya    

    Thank you for your post. Keep it up.

  2. tazminiha    

    I’ll give it a try.
    I need to lose 15 kg till my wedding.

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