Veteran succeeds in weight loss in time for class reunion

Smiling thin woman

Veteran Mollie Andrews lost 70 pounds with VA’s MOVE! program. She previously tried other weight loss programs, including VA’s TeleMOVE!, but was unsuccessful in meeting her goal weight and keeping it off.

Then, sitting on the couch watching TV, she remembered that her 30th high school class reunion was approaching. This upcoming event prompted her to do all that she could to lose weight for real. She joined the MOVE! program again, as well as the program’s group sessions, which helped her stay accountable and make new friends.

Andrews before MOVE! weight loss program

Andrews’ determination and commitment shined through with her exercise and healthy eating changes. For exercise, Andrews committed to a goal of walking regularly. By the end of her third week of walking, she was up to walking six miles a day. Andrews also made changes with eating healthier, smaller meals and not drinking soda.

Andrews (photographed above after weight loss) found great support from the MOVE! staff and her friends. They wanted to know how she was doing each week and texted, emailed and sent Facebook posts to motivate and let her know that she was thought of often.

By the time of her high school reunion, Andrews lost 70 pounds. She enjoyed compliments from her friends that she had not seen in 30 years. As a result, she was inspired to continue working towards her weight loss goal: to lose 30 more pounds.

She continues to maintain eating right and working out. In the meantime, Andrews is enjoying the benefits of her weight loss, including more energy, feeling better about herself, clothes fitting better and buying smaller clothes sizes.

Why should you consider the program?

The MOVE! program is a national weight management program that works. Thousands of Veterans have participated and succeeded with the program. The program can help you lose weight, keep it off and improve your health. You’ll also receive expert guidance and support.

Through the MOVE! program and MOVE! care team, you can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, improve your quality of life, and even live longer.

As it did for Veteran Andrews, the MOVE! team will do all they can to assist you, too.

The program is free for Veterans who receive care in VA. There is also MOVE! Coach, a mobile app for iOS devices (iPhones and iPads), which is available to both Veterans and anyone interested in a health and wellness app.

To learn more about and join the MOVE! program, go to the MOVE! website and contact a program coordinator at your nearest VA Medical Center.

Samantha Owens is a communications specialist on detail to VHA Internal Communications.

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Veteran succeeds in weight loss in time for class reunion