77% of the Veteran’s enrolled in VA healthcare are overweight/obese, but retired Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Anthony “Tony” DeNoi is no longer one of them. After starting the MOVE! program in November of 2010 at VA Butler Healthcare, he has lost 101lbs and plans to lose even more!
Tony served five years in Vietnam, in addition to traveling all over Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. After more than 29 years in the U.S. Air Force, he worked in the steel mills for nine months, followed by the Boeing Corporation for 12 years in Saudi Arabia. In 2001 when he returned, he came to VA Butler Healthcare for the first time for a physical and learned of several health problems he didn’t know he had.
“VA Butler has been very good. They diagnosed all my problems when I came, have been taking care of them, and got me started in the MOVE! program where I’ve lost 101lbs, and plan to lose another 20,” said Tony. “MOVE! not only helped me control my diabetes and maintain my sugar, but now I feel a lot better, my back doesn’t hurt as much as it did, and I think I’ll last another 20-30 years.”
MOVE! is VA’s national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their overall health. It is a self-management program that focuses on healthy lifestyle change through eating wisely and being as physically active as possible.
“They teach you what to eat, and how to eat. The instructor taught me a whole new way of eating and it’s really changed my lifestyle,” said Tony. “I had never paid attention before. I’d never picked up a can and looked at it. I didn’t care about carbs, calories, or salt content. Now, I do.”
Tony participates in the MOVE! Group at VA Butler’s Outpatient Clinic in Mercer, PA. The MOVE! Group is just one of the many MOVE! program options available at the main campus in Butler, as well as the five VA Outpatient Clinics in Armstrong, Clarion, Southern Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer counties.
“Mr. DeNoi has proven what the research shows: ongoing care and contact with weight management professionals increases success with weight management,” said Laurie Conti, VA Butler’s MOVE! Program Manager. “He is a prime example to share with other Veterans about how making healthy lifestyle changes can change lives!”
Tony encourages other Veterans to get started with MOVE! too. “If I can do it, anybody can! You just have to stick with it. You need to change your eating habits—push away from the table, eat small portions, and control what you put in your mouth. I’m happy, and I’m still going down in my weight!”
Veterans who are interested in making healthy lifestyle changes should talk to their Primary Care Team or contact the MOVE! Office at 800.362.8262, ext. 5504.