Arthur Scott wants to help veterans get healthy. The U.S. Air Force veteran found his way to PETM after struggles with his own health and learning that many vets are working to lose weight and get physically active in civilian life. After making life changes and losing 60 pounds, Arthur knew he wanted to share the benefits of exercise, eating well, and healthy choice with other veterans so he transferred to IUPUI to major in fitness management and personal training.
Now a senior, Arthur is working an externship at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center teaching veterans about physical activity in a pilot program called BAM (Be Active and Move), which is part of the MOVE! Weigh Management Program.
“There are a lot of overweight veterans that struggle with medical issue like chronic pain, chronic disease, and other things. My goal is to help veterans to get physically active at least to the standard recommendations and help overcome their health concerns,” Arthur says.
This will not only impact the veterans, but the VA and the community, resulting in fewer doctor’s visits, a reduction in medication use, and fewer surgeries. If BAM is successful, the program could become a vital part of the MOVE program.
Arthur credits the experiential learning of the PETM program with giving him the confidence to work with his clients and lead group classes. He also thanks that staff and faculty for challenging him as well as providing the tools he needs to succeed.
On a more personal level, the PETM community has served as a support system for Arthur and his family over the past two years. His daughter was born 11 weeks premature with a rare condition, requiring her to stay at Riley Hospital for Children for the first 8 months of her life. With the understanding of his professors, Arthur was able to continue going to school full-time, working around appointments and unexpected emergencies.
Due to their experience, Arthur has become an advocate for children with specials needs, participating in the Miracle Ride to raise money for Riley programs.