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About Whole Health

Look at the Big Picture

Look at the Big Picture

Identify the areas of your life that are affecting your health, then work with your team to establish strategies to address them as needed.

Have a Conversation

Have a Conversation

Tell your health team about your past, your needs – and most important, what inspires you to be healthy.

Set Your Goal

Set Your Goal

Is it dancing at your son’s wedding? Going back to school? Work with your team to set the foundation of your plan.

Build Your Health Plan

Build Your Health Plan

Your provider and health team will work with you to identify resources and support to help you achieve your goals.

Find Your Community

Find Your Community

Connect with others – at home, at work, at the gym, or even far away – who can help you achieve your goals.

What matters most to you in your life? When you think about these priorities, ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to achieve these goals. The human body and mind have tremendous healing abilities that we can work to strengthen together. Your health team wants to support you in this journey.

Rather than focusing on challenges in your life, think about what encourages you to work through those challenges. What drives you to stick with your rehabilitation, to watch your diet, or to seek help for issues you are facing? Then envision yourself at your healthiest. What do you see?

Whole health care starts here, with these questions.

Traditionally, providers have focused on what’s the matter with patients, zeroing in on their diseases and ailments. We are working to shift this focus by instead starting a conversation about what matters most to Veterans. We want to start by getting to know you, putting you — rather than the disease — at the center of your health and your health care.

This means your health team will get to know you as a person, before working with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.

Download the MyStory: Personal Health Inventory tool to help you think about your health in a new way.

The whole health model is a holistic look at the many areas of life that can affect your health — your work environment, relationships, diet, sleep patterns, and more. (The Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being helps illustrate how these areas are all interconnected.)

So whether your goal is to wake up pain-free, change careers, or simply find a measure of peace, get started by having a conversation with your health care provider. Lay out your health goals, and then work together on a plan to get there.


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