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Image of Rob Hilliard, one of VA's Whole Health AmbassadorsAn Ambassador for Whole Health
Meet one of VA's Whole Health Ambassadors, ready to share his story and desire to inspire improved health and well-being. VA's Whole Health approach focuses on integrative health practice, self-empowerment and self-care.
2018 NVGAG swimmers complete an eventHealth and Wellness Innovative Program Award
Promoting "Fitness For Life," the VA's National Veterans Golden Age Games received the Health and Wellness Innovative Program Award at the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) Annual Meeting.
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.

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