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Can Good Nutrition Save Your Life?

VA dietitians are ready and willing to help.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Monday, March 24, 2014

Veterans! New Year’s resolutions didn’t stick? Still want to get in shape, eat right and improve your health?

We’re here for you.

VA has programs to help you get in shape, help you think about food and nutrition, help you live longer and enjoy a healthy, energetic life. (There’s some great recipes in there, too.)

The VA has registered dietitians ready and willing to assist you with your nutrition and health concerns. Just ask!

  • Let your doctor or nurse know you want to speak with a dietitian.
  • At your next VA visit, ask to be referred to a dietitian.
  • Ask if there are any same day appointments or nutrition classes with the dietitian.
  • Contact your local VA. Ask to be transferred to the Nutrition and Food Service to schedule an appointment.

This is the time of year when nutrition is a major focus for agencies and organizations dedicated to helping you understand and stay with healthy living.

VA’s MOVE! program has many
great success stories.

VA Nutrition Fact Sheets

Nutrition handouts developed by registered dietitians at VA medical centers around the nation on a variety of topics.

It’s all there…heart health, diabetes, fiber, nutrition and cancer, food and drug interaction and lots more.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Dietary Guidelines for Americans is published jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

Here you will find information from federal and state agencies. There is an extensive list of web resources referenced. Also included is a list of online medical journals, toll-free numbers, a library locator, medical dictionaries and information about support and self-help groups.

Check out VA’s Successful MOVE! Program

A lot of Vets, just like you, decided to get healthy and were honest enough to admit they needed help. The MOVE! program is here to help. Read some of the great success stories and then sign up!

It’s Spring! Time to start a healthy future life!