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Photo of Veterans competing in the bicycling event at the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age GamesWhole Health at the Golden Age Games
On top of the competition and camaraderie found at the 2018 NVGAG, whole health sessions were included, providing Veteran athletes with complementary integrative health (CIH) practices and enhancing overall well-being.
Image of Whole Health Peer Facilitator training session at Tampa VAMCWhole Health, The Veterans Experience
Peer Facilitators support VA's commitment to empower, equip, and treat Veterans based on their priorities and goals. Learn more about new resources to help better understand whole health and what it means for you.
Photo of Fairfield Elementary School Students perform “The Day Before I Left Home” at the Charles George Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC.Brothers Like These
Writing programs for Veterans can help make sense of the military experience and can restore a sense of pride, build new camaraderie, nurture creativity, and help Veterans find the path to a better tomorrow.
USAF Veteran Ronnie Leeth receives battlefield acupuncture (BFA) from VA Dr. Dan Federman.Acupuncture on the Mountainside
VA's National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic encourages health and healing through adaptive recreational therapy. And recently, the NDVWSC has provided integrative practices such as acupuncture, yoga and more.
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.

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