United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Capitol Health Care Network - VISN 5

VISN 5 Patient Health Education

HEALTH TIPS
DECEMBER 2014

A Good Night's Sleep
For many Veterans, especially those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), trouble getting a good night's rest is all too common. We all need a good night’s sleep!

Research has linked PTSD and TBI, with not only insomnia, but also a dangerous interruption in breathing during sleep known as sleep apnea. If you are having difficulty sleeping or feeling rested, help is available. Sleep disorders can be diagnosed through your local VA Medical Center. For help getting a good night's sleep, contact your health care team today.


Ask Me 3
Veterans, could you use help communicating with your health care team? For clearer communication, we encourage everyone to ask three questions during all appointments:

  1. What is my main concern?
  2. What do I need to do about it?
  3. Why is this important?

Ask Me 3 - safer, clearer, better communication! This prevents misunderstandings, frustrations, and leads to a better relationship between you and your provider, now both of you are on the same page. Learn more about the "Ask Me 3" questions at: www.npsf.org/?page=askme3*.


Reducing Holiday Stress

Are you looking forward to a happy holiday season or are you stressing over the hustle and bustle? This season why not consider five steps to lower stress?

  • First - Limit alcohol. Remember, moderation is the key.
  • Second - Get social! Socializing with friends can lift your spirits.
  • Third - Focus on the positive! Spend more time than money!
  • Fourth - Be sensible with your money. Make a budget and stick to it!
  • Lastly - Exercise! Exercise not only helps fight off holiday weight gain, but also lifts your mood!

Your VA is on your side. We understand the unique needs of returning Veterans as well as Veterans from past conflicts. Our providers want to work with you to make your holidays healthy and happy. Let us know how we can better serve you.


My HealtheVet
Did you know that you can access self-help resources and your Personal Health Record all in one convenient location? For more information about the program, visit www.myhealth.va.gov.


For more health information, visit VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

 

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gold starFacility Kiosk Locations

  • Baltimore VA Medical Center
    First floor Lobby at Outpatient Pharmacy
    First floor Outpatient Clinic waiting area

  • Loch Raven Outpatient Clinic
    Lobby, patient waiting area

  • Martinsburg VA Medical Center
    First floor, Main hallway

  • Perry Point VA Medical Center
    Building 361, Outpatient waiting area

  • Washington DC VA Medical Center
    First Floor at Outpatient Pharmacy
    First Floor, Room 1E237a, Patient Ed Center


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