VA Palo Alto Health Care System

MOVE! Weight Management Program

What is MOVE?

The MOVE! Program is designed to help Veterans:
- Manage & lose weight
- Increase physical activity
- Improve health
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle
- Improve quality of life

In the program you will be paired with a healthy living coach who will help you manage your weight and live a healthier life.
To see a list of activities we currently offer, view the MOVE Class Schedule.

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Apples and measuring tape

What is the right portion size?

With these simple guidelines, you can use your eyes to judge the right portion size.

1 oz of cheese = a domino
1 oz of nuts = a handful
1/2 cup of cooked pasta/rice = 1/2 a baseball
1/2 cup of fruits/vegetables = a computer mouse
3 oz of meat = a deck of cards


If you have a question you would like us to answer, please email Camilla Coakley.


VA Garden Engages and Soothes Veterans and Plant Enthusiasts

VA Garden Engages and Soothes Veterans and Plant Enthusiasts  Los Altos Town Crier - A "de-stress" zone has taken root at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto.

That’s what Rana Davis of Los Altos calls the organic community garden planted at the hospital’s front entrance on Miranda Avenue.

“Patients stop and look and come in,” she said. “And hospital employees often eat lunch here. It brings joy and a sense of community.”   Read full article >>

Healthy Tips

Eat frozen vegetables. Does your produce keep going bad before you can eat it? Try frozen vegetables instead--they offer the same nutritional value. Read more >

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Healthy Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Pumpkin Spice Muffins
These moist and delicious fat-free muffins are great for breakfast or afternoon snacks.

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 15-ounce can solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 vegetable oil spray

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add pumpkin, water, and raisins. Stir until just mixed. Spoon batter into vegetable oil sprayed muffin cups, filling to just below tops. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until tops of muffins bounce back when pressed lightly. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes in pan. Remove muffins from pan and cool on a rack. Store cooled muffins in an airtight container. Read more >>

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Questions and comments should be directed to Camilla Coakley.
For more information, call us at (650) 493-5000 x66777, or visit the MOVE Website.