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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.