Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
Vietnam Veteran Benefits from VA Weight Loss Program
August 6, 2013
|Dietitian Jordyn Forsyth discusses the benefi ts of a healthy diet, as part of the MOVE! Program, with Marine Corps Veteran Michael Angwin. If you want to learn more about the MOVE! Program and eating better, call 713-791-1414, ext. 6166.
PHOTO: Audrey Umhoefer, Public Affairs Specialist
When Marine Corps Veteran, Michael Angwin, heard that he was at risk for developing diabetes, he decided he wanted to make the commitment to become healthier and live a long, happy life. During a visit with his primary care physician at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), he was encouraged to try a unique weight loss program for Veterans.
MOVE! is a national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their overall health.
“When I first weighed in I was 217 lbs. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels were up, I had leg and knee pain, it was difficult for me to stay on me feet,” said Angwin. “It became important to me to lose the weight.”
The MOVE! Program teaches Veterans how to become healthier by emphasizing health and well-being as achievable goals. Through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach using behavioral changes, nutrition and physical activity, Veterans individually tailor the program to meet their specific goals.
“The most challenging part for me was realizing that this was a lifestyle change, not a diet,” said Angwin.
Veterans have several options within the MOVE! Program to help them lose weight including: MOVE! Individual, one-on-one nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian; MOVE! Group, eight one-hour sessions to learn about nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes; and MOVE! Support Groups.
“After losing 30 lbs. in just two months, I feel more energetic and my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are back to normal,” said Angwin. “I receive compliments all the time with how I look.”
“I’m now down to 180 lbs. and I still have goals I want to achieve,” said Angwin. “I recommend the MOVE! Program to any Veteran that is willing to make the commitment to change the way they eat and live.”
The VA serves over six million veterans of whom about 77% are overweight or obese. Approximately 38% are obese. The MOVE! Program is the largest and most comprehensive weight management and physical activity program associated with a medical care system in the United States.
The MOVE! Program provided at MEDVAMC addresses three of the nine Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Healthy Living Messages which include “Maintain a Healthy Weight,” “Eat Wisely,” and “Be Physically Active.” The program provides guidance in areas of nutrition, behavior change, and physical activity and allows the patient to participate in personal goal setting. MEDVAMC has currently enrolled over 288 Veterans into the MOVE! Program for 2013. Any Veteran who is receiving care at the MEDVAMC or one of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics and wants assistance in managing their weight can participate by contacting a MOVE! Dietitian at 713-791-1414, extension 6166 or 3976.
Cutline: Dietitian Jordyn Forsyth discusses the benefits of a healthy diet, as part of the MOVE! Program, with Marine Corps Veteran Michael Angwin. If you want to learn more about the MOVE! Program and eating better, call 713-791-1414, ext. 6166.