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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


Making Changes for the Better: Healthy Choices

Joshua Sylvester enjoys one of his favorite snacks – an apple!

Joshua Sylvester has lost more than 30 pounds with the help of Truman VA’s MOVE! Program.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Did you know that only an estimated 11% of Missourians eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day? 

Meet Missouri Veteran Joshua Sylvester.  Sylvester is a 32 year old married father of three.   He says he was in that 89% of non-fruit and veggie eaters until just a few short months ago.  At his heaviest weight of 242, he saw a photo of himself, and said, “I didn’t like what I saw.” 

Joshua joined the MOVE! Program, a weight management program for Veterans, in November 2011. Since then, he has been working hard at making lifestyle changes to promote weight loss. Currently, he weighs in at 208 pounds. He credits his success to two things. He has a terrific support system in his wife and family. He also takes things one day at a time, one change at a time, rather than trying to change everything at once.  

An avid cook, Sylvester enjoys trying new things he learns from watching cooking shows on TV. He enjoys making these dishes for himself and his family. Some of the changes that he’s made:

  • Activity:  Sylvester weight lifts or does PX90 regularly.
  • Diet:  He’s also made changes in his diet, such as adding more fruits, veggies, fiber, and protein.  For example, he eats a protein and fiber shake in the morning for breakfast instead of two bowls of cereal and toast with butter. 
  • Healthy Choices: He’s also reading food labels and choosing better snacks such as apples and pickled green beans instead of candy, chocolate, and cookies.  

And he says it’s paying off, because, “I feel a lot better, physically and emotionally. I sleep better, and I’m less stressed.” 
If you are interested in making changes in your diet, ask your Primary Care Provider about options available to you. 

Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program.


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