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New Whole Health Video Released

Man in “Discover What Matters” video

“Discover What Matters” video focuses on the experiences of Veterans who Live Whole Health, VA’s patient centered approach to care.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
In celebration of Patient Centered Care Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released “Discover What Matters,” a new video highlighting the ways Whole Health is empowering Veterans to plan their health and well-being care around what matters to them.

Across the country, VA staff at medical centers and clinics are working with a growing number of Veterans to help them Live Whole Health. The successes of these Veterans are the inspiration for the “Discover What Matters” video. From individuals who found ways to reduce pain and regain movement without medication to those managing issues related to PTSD and starting new relationships, Whole Health is changing the lives of Veterans and how they view their health and well-being. You can find these stories and many others in the articles and videos available on VA.gov/WholeHealth.

What is Whole Health?

Whole Health is VA’s patient centered approach to care. Instead of recognizing only illnesses and symptoms, it considers the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental factors that can influence your health. You set goals based on what matters most to you. Those priorities drive the health planning decisions you make with your care team.

Where Can I Learn More?

Getting started can be as simple as having a conversation with your VA provider, completing the personal health inventory, or participating in a Whole Health course at your VA. All VA medical centers and clinics now offer training in Whole Health and personal health planning as well as a range of complementary care options such as yoga and acupuncture.

In addition to clinical care, health plans may include Well-being Programs that enhance self-care. You choose the combination of care that helps you achieve your goals whether it is physical and creative activities, mindfulness meditation, or complementary approaches.

VA's new Whole Health site offers information about Whole Health and how to create a personal health plan tailored to your priorities and needs. The site was designed to support each Veteran's journey to Whole Health and well-being. Resources found on the site include Veteran education handouts, videos, apps, articles and more.

This Patient Centered Care Month, take time to: Discover what Matters. Live Whole Health.

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