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MOVE! Program

MOVE! is VA’s evidence-based weight management program. Adapted from the Diabetes Prevention Program, MOVE! assists Veterans to achieve clinically meaningful (~5%) weight loss to improve their health and reduce their risk for chronic health conditions, like diabetes. MOVE! features a comprehensive lifestyle intervention that provides Veterans with support to make changes to their eating patterns, increase physical activity, and use strategies (like goal setting and problem solving) that help with these changes. The self-management skills Veterans learn in MOVE! also help them to manage chronic conditions, including diabetes.

If you would like to learn more about how MOVE! has helped Veterans improve their health and their lives, please visit MOVE! Stories: The Power of Change.

Below are local resources in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area to help Veterans with their physical activity. 

Planet Fitness
19 locations between Bay St. Louis, MS and Baton Rouge, LA
Classic: $10/month
Blackcard: $24.99/month (Confirm on website)


Anytime Fitness
58 Locations between Baton Rouge and SW Mississippi


YMCA (ask about Veterans discount)
Baton Rouge YMCA
8 Locations

Belle Chasse YMCA
8101 Highway 23 
Belle Chasse, LA 70037

 Dryades YMCA
2220 Oretha C Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113

 East Jefferson YMCA
6691 Riverside Dr.
Metairie, LA 70003

 West St. Tammany YMCA
71256 Francis Road
Covington, LA 70433


Youfit Health Club
Youfit Harvey
2424 Manhattan Blvd
Harvey, LA 70058


New Orleans
New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD)


Baton Rouge
Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC)


Swimming Pools in the Community
                Indoor Pools:
Tremé Recreation Center
900 N. Villere St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

Indoor, open year-round
Monday – Friday - 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday - 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday - Closed

Gert Town Natatorium3411 Broadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70125

Indoor, open year-round
Monday - Friday – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday - closed


Joe W. Brown Park
5601 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70127

Indoor, open year-round
Monday - Friday – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday - Closed


Sanchez Multi-Service Center
1616 Caffin Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117

Indoor, open year-round
Monday - Friday - 8 a.m.-8p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday - Closed


Cost: Membership $15/month
UNO Aquatic Center 
Robyn Barthel, Aquatic Center Manager
6801 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
Indoor Pool:
Mon/Wed/Fri: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tues/Thurs: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Outdoor Pool:
Mon/Wed/Fri: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tues/Thurs: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The following locations offers veterans a 10% discount and may also waive the sign-up fee. If financial assistance is needed, bring in proof of income(tax papers) and fee will be rated according to income.


East Jefferson YMCA
6691 Riverside Dr. 
Metairie, LA 70003


Dryades YMCA
2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
 New Orleans , LA 70113


Belle Chasse YMCA 
8101 Highway 23 Belle Chasse
Belle Chasse, LA 70037


West St. Tammany YMCA
71256 Francis Road
Covington, LA 70433


Elmwood Fitness Center
Multiple locations: Harahan, Downtown, Heritage Plaza


East Jefferson General Hospital’s The Wellness Center
4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006


West Jefferson General Hospital
504.349.6908 to reach our Terrytown location, located at 175 Hector Avenue
504.349.6164 to reach our Marrero location at 1121 Medical Center Blvd.
$27/ month for veterans


Additional Resources
General online and in-person fitness links
Active and Fit Direct for USAA Members: USAA has teamed up with American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc. to offer members access to the Active&Fit Direct program, which features a national network of fitness centers and select YMCAs. $25/month

YMCA Physical Activity Videos:

Veterans Exercise Online:

Silver Sneakers program: If you have SilverSneakers included in your Medicare Advantage Plan, you get all of the location access, SilverSneakers classes, on-demand videos, and perks of membership at no additional cost.

BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana gym discount for Blue365 program

Live yoga classes:
Recorded yoga classes: (search YOGA)
Free Yoga for Vets:
Balance Yoga Wellness (NOLA):
VA YouTube Playlist (VA Portland, Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, etc):
Sarah Beth Yoga:
Veteran Yoga Project:

Tai Chi Search
Beautiful Crescent Tai Chi
Zibin Guo  Adaptive Tai Chi
Tai Chi and Qigong: 
Tai Chi Form Only: 
Tai Chi Overview: 
Warm up: 
Warm up:

Post-9/11 Military 2VA (M2VA) Case management Program

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