Donald Logan is an Army veteran who lost over 50 pounds with the help of the Department of Veterans Affairs MOVE! Program.
Photo courtesy of Donald Logan
About 80 percent of veterans are overweight or obese, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Donald Logan was one of them.
Following a hospitalization for diabetes in July 2023, the Army veteran’s doctor said he needed to lose part of his 300-plus pound waistline or start taking daily insulin injections . The doctor recommended MOVE! Weight Management Program at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.
Hines VA’s MOVE! The program began in 2006. It uses a standardized curriculum that combines lifestyle and nutritional changes and physical activity to develop healthier habits.
MOVE! The staff encouraged Logan to set meaningful and achievable healthy goals, and not just focus on weight loss. One of Logan’s main takeaways from the course was portion control and learning to measure portion sizes with his palm.
“I’m more careful about portions,” Logan said. “Thanks to the course, I continue to stick to healthy portions and have also incorporated 12-hour intermittent fasting.”
Lifestyle changes, including daily exercise and a healthy breakfast, have helped Logan perform better throughout the day, including in his job as a mailman.
“Eating overnight oats for breakfast sustains me and gives me energy when I deliver packages from the post office to people’s doors,” Logan said. “In addition to recommending dietary changes, the MOVE! The instructors tell us that any type of movement is helpful, so as I drive from mailbox to mailbox, I do small exercises like tightening my core.
Logan has lost 54 pounds since starting the MOVE program! Program in August 2023 and continues to take classes every other Tuesday.
“Mr. Logan sums up what MOVE! Weight Management Program is about what it can do for Veterans,” said MOVE! Coordinator Lisa Korpolinski.
Approximately 500 Hines VA veterans are involved in the program. Veterans can register by calling 708-202-2702 or be referred to a primary care provider, Korpolinski said.
Veterans can also participate in weight loss support groups at Hines, telehealth options and medical management of obesity, including evaluations and support for weight loss medications and bariatric surgery.
“It’s important that we give veterans the chance to show that they can make changes that are effective for them,” Korpolinski said.
As for Logan, he plans to continue his new healthy lifestyle, based on diet and exercise.
“Thanks to MOVE! my diabetes is now in remission and my blood sugar is normal,” he said. “I thank my wife as well as Lisa Korpolinski and the MOVE! The Weight Management Program team for helping me achieve my goals.
Logan’s next goal: skydiving.