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MOVE! to a New You in 2012

Men and women in the MOVE! program stretch colorful resistance bands

Men and women learn to incorporate excercise in their daily routine in the MOVE! program at the Maryland VA Medical Center.

VA’s MOVE! program has helped hundreds of Veterans lose weight and start living a healthy life style.

Really!

Here’s a whole bunch of success stories to inspire you.

We know you are facing the holiday season with all those parties and all that food.

Here are some great suggestions from MOVE! to get you through the end of the year.

Special occasions such as parties, celebrations, or holiday meals can pose risks for overeating.

Consider the weight loss you have achieved so far and what you have done to get to this point. Is splurging really worth it?

Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as they are empty calories and make it harder for you to avoid temptation.

Be prepared.

Eat a small meal or snack before the special occasion so that you are less hungry.

Fill up ahead of time on water or other low calorie beverages.

Don’t deny yourself.

Go ahead and have a taste of those special foods, but limit your portion sizes. Eat these special foods slowly and enjoy every morsel.

Choose low calorie munchies such as crunchy vegetables for balance.

Keep your hands and mouth occupied.

Focus on the conversation and having a good time rather than the eating. Get out on the dance floor! Chew gum.

Keep a glass in your hand containing a low calorie drink. It is hard to overeat if your hands are busy.

Great! You made it to 2012!

Now, visit your VA Medical Center today and sign up for the MOVE! program.

MOVE! has been tailored to meet the individual needs of each Veteran. MOVE! provides guidance on nutrition and physical activity and allows you to set the pace through goal setting and a stepped level approach.

The MOVE! health care team at your local VA medical center will provide you with lots of support and follow-up. Happy, healthy New Year!