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A Veteran enrolled at the Truman Veterans' Hospital closes his eyes during a relaxation exercise at a health and wellness class. The class begins with slow breathing and muscle stimulation routines to calm participants.More Than Medicine
Opioid addiction, heart disease and PTSD are some of the most common health issues among Veterans, and Truman Veterans' Hospital is increasingly finding that the path to recovery is through wellness.
Expanding Whole Health in VA facilities imageExpanding the VA Whole Health System
In 2018, one Flagship facility will be established in each of VA's 18 VISNs. Flagship sites are fully implementing the Whole Health System, comprised of the Pathway, Well-Being Programs and Whole Health Clinical Care.
Aligning your health with your daily and life goals is a critical component of Whole Health.Whole Health: It's All About You
Whole Health is an approach to health care that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being, living their life to the fullest. Implementation of Whole Health is a top priority in VA.
Kerri Darby is a VA holistic nurse who managed the Whole Health Clinic at the 2017 Golden Age Games.Whole Health Clinic Rejuvenates Veterans
A "Whole Health Clinic" was provided at the 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games. For the clinic, VA Staff conducted classes and outreach explaining the importance of self-care from VA's whole-health concepts.
Veterans that complete the Activets program receive a work-out towel and congratulations from the group.ActiVets: Mind and Body Wellness
Good nutrition and exercise complement traditional psychotherapy by improving brain health, decreasing overall health risks and lowering the risk of comorbidity, particularly with those managing PTSD.
Demetrius Rouse and Christine Maher paint at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s Uptown Division during the May art outreach program for veterans, offered monthly in partnership with the Morris Museum of Art. CHARMAIN Z. BRACKETT/SPECIAL TO THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLEThe Healing Arts
The VA's forums bridge VA with community partners to further develop the healing arts as tools to help improve health and well-being for all active duty military, medical staff, family members, and Veterans.
For Veterans with Parkinson’s disease: The benefits of yogaYoga: For Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease
Yoga, often cited as a favorite Complementary Integrative Health (CIH) therapy by those with Parkinson’s disease, provides key benefits such as improvements with mobility, balance, strength, flexibility, mood and sleep.
Image of Veteran working in partnership with a VA Health Coach Provider.A Whole Health System Serving Veterans
VA's Whole Health System is a comprehensive approach to health between VA staff and each Veteran, with options for complementary health practices. The partnership between Veterans and VA staff is central to this model.
Jamie Clinton-Lont, MSN, C-NP, teaches a class of Veterans on how to safely transition to CIH therapies for pain control.CIH Programs Effective To Reduce Opioid Use
CIH, or Complementary Integrative Health, programs are identified as an effective and alternative method to control pain for many Veterans. This story profiles CIH Programs at the George Wahlen VA Medical Center.
Image of "Yoga Salute" at the Biloxi VAMC Health For Life EventVeterans Focus on “Health for Life” during 2016
The “Health for Life” concept is designed to empower Veterans to take charge of their health and partner with their health care team, designing a personalized health plan focusing on what is most important to them.

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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