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

VISN 5 Patient Health Education

HEALTH TIPS
JANUARY 2015

Physically Active & Healthy Weight
Throughout the VA, we put Veterans first. Our dedicated staff and volunteers are committed to working together for a healthier you.

Our commitment to a healthier you includes keeping you fit and preventing diseases. The VA knows how important it is to prevent chronic diseases before they occur. What do you think is the biggest health epidemic in our country? If you guessed obesity, you guessed correctly. A government study conducted in 1990 revealed that approximately 15% of the entire United States population was obese. By 2010, 20% of all residents in all 50 states were considered obese.

Remember: being overweight is not just a cosmetic problem. Extra weight leads to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease
  • And even cancer!

Ask yourself:

  • Have you been successful at losing weight in the past? If so, what did you do to accomplish this goal?
  • What could you do to be more active? Remember, exercise does not require special equipment, clothing, or joining a gym. Could you start a walking program?
  • Are there any barriers that may prevent you from being successful? Identifying barriers at the beginning will help you prepare to face those challenges.

Is your New Year's resolution to lose a few pounds? Assistance is available here at your local VA for managing your weight. The MOVE! Program can help you lose weight, keep it off, and improve your health! For more information regarding MOVE!, contact your health care team or call your MOVE! coordinator. You may also go to www.move.va.gov.


Ask Me 3
We understand that health care can be complicated. We want to make sure our communication with you is clear so that you have the information you need to better manage your health. That is why we want you to ask three questions every time you talk to your health care team:

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

Ask Me 3 - safer, clearer, better communication! For more information about how you can use the Ask Me 3 questions to improve communication with your health care team, check out the following site: www.npsf.org/AskMe3*.


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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