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Timothy Jackson - Jun 2023

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A Journey to Change His Life

Timothy Jackson found the motivation and inspiration he needed to build a healthier lifestyle and reach a healthy weight.

With the help of the MOVE! team at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK, Timothy developed new eating and physical activity skills that translated to losing weight and improving his health.


Taking the First Step

Timothy had struggled to maintain a healthy weight for several years. During a visit to the VA, he discovered the MOVE! Weight Management Program for Veterans. When he first began his weight loss journey with MOVE!, he explains, "I didn't have a clue of what to expect or what I was getting into." He credits his dietitian, Katie Lively, for helping him find his direction. "My life changed," he explains. "She loaded me up with the information and tools I needed to achieve my weight loss goal. She instilled the 'I can' and 'I will' attitude in me that has gotten me to the point I'm at today."

MOVE! works if you put forth the effort!
Timothy Jackson
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The Path Forward

With MOVE!, Timothy learned that maintaining a healthy weight doesn't require radical change or strict dieting. Instead, he discovered that small, manageable changes to his eating and physical activity habits could make a great difference for his weight and his overall health. Motivated by the enthusiasm of his MOVE! team, Timothy committed himself to being more mindful of his eating and drinking habits.

Reaching his Goals

Since starting MOVE!, Timothy has lost nearly 30 pounds and continues to work toward even more progress. He explains that he has met some of his goals but has additional targets in his sights. More than just his weight, however, Timothy shares that MOVE! has helped him feel better overall, stating "my life is better now that the weight is coming off." Specifically, his A1c is within the normal range, he needs fewer medications, and he is better able to focus on his life in general.

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