Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

MOVE! Weight Management Program

Quick Links
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

Thomas McNally - Oct 2022

Photo of a pencil in a book with blank pages

A Decision to MOVE! Leads to Unexpected Benefits

Thomas McNally made a concerted effort to change his lifestyle and by doing so he improved his health.

Working with the MOVE! Team at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, Thomas learned new strategies to lead a healthy life.


Resolving to "Push on"

"For the last thirty years," Thomas shares, "I've lost weight only to gain it back" whenever the system he was using reached its conclusion. “As I aged, it was obvious that I had lost much or all of my vim and vigor and vitality.” At his provider’s urging to "push on harder," Thomas began to consider his options to take control of his health. When he received a VA mailing which included information about the MOVE! Weight Management Program for Veterans, he became motivated to give it a try.

The nuts and bolts offered as advice and education provide a strong method to successfully lose weight and keep it off.
Thomas McNally
Photo of 3 horses in a stable.

A Fresh Start

Thomas started MOVE! in the fall of 2019, and soon discovered that the program differed from others that he had used in the past. The collective nature of his regular group sessions provided Thomas with various perspectives about the challenges he and other Veterans were facing as they worked to improve their health. He explains that “the biggest plus for me was starting a food journal [as well as] an activity journal.” These tools helped keep him mindful of his food and beverage intake, and also motivated him to become more physically active.

Measuring Up

Since starting MOVE!, Thomas has lost 56 pounds and six inches from his waistline. He continues to pursue even greater success by sticking with his new eating habits and exercising every day.

More Vim, Vigor, and Vitality

In addition to his weight loss success, Thomas shares that since starting MOVE!, his overall health has improved in many other ways. "I'm more energetic, more flexible, and I have a stronger focus on important things." His new energy allows him to spend more time on his hobbies, such as horsemanship.

Return to MOVE! Stories Library


"Making that commitment, and knowing where to start..."

Carl Conway


"If you care about yourself and you care about your life..."

Rocco Terrezi


"Sticking with the program really works!"

Paul Shaskan