Whole Health Basics
What is Whole Health?
Whole Health is VA’s approach to care that supports your health and well-being. Whole Health centers around what matters to you, not what is the matter with you. This means your health team will get to know you as a person to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.
How is Whole Health different?
Whole Health puts you in control of your care. It focuses on self-care, skill building and support. These services are not diagnosis or disease based but support the personal health plan of each Veteran. Approaches such as stress reduction, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, nutrition, acupuncture, and health coaching are available.
Learn more and download the "Introduction to Whole Health" fact sheet.
Whole Health: What Matters to You?
This brief video explains VA's Whole Health approach and how it puts you at the center of your care.
Circle of Health
The Circle of Health helps you explore connections between important aspects of your life and your health and well-being. Improving one area can benefit other areas and influence your overall physical, emotional, and mental health.
Whole Health Courses
There are currently two Whole Health courses designed to be Veteran-led, Introduction to Whole Health and Taking Charge of My Life and Health. Online resources are available to help run, manage, and participate in these courses.
These courses will connect you with Veteran Peer-Facilitators and Whole Health Partners who can help you develop well-being skills, complete your Personal Health Inventory, and create your Personal Health Plan.
Personal Health Inventory
The Personal Health Inventory helps you explore what matters to you and assess where you are and want to be in the eight Circle of Health areas of self-care.
Your Personal Health Plan will use your Personal Health Inventory responses to find the combination of clinical and Well-being Programs you need to achieve your goals.
Survey of Your Use of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies and Activities
Starting in Winter 2020, VA will send some Veterans an invitation to participate in the survey, The Survey of Your Use of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies and Activities. The survey asks questions about how acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, yoga, Tai Chi/Qigong, and meditation might affect Veterans’ health. Veterans are eligible for this survey if they used one of these six therapies at 18 particular VA medical centers from 2020 until 2023.