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Whole Health

VA Whole Health is a cutting-edge 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, before working with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.

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Whole Health Veteran Classes

ALL Veterans are welcome!

Join us in one of our entry level classes to learn more about what Whole Health is and resources available to you through VA Eastern Kansas! Call (913) 682-2000 ,  ext. 52699 or send a message via MyHealtheVet  (secure messaging address EKHCS, Whole Health _WH) to enroll.

Don't wait to enroll to get started on your health and wellbeing journey! You can begin with completing your Personal Health Plan found in the link below.

Introduction to Whole Health is a one-time class  where Veterans learn more about the Whole Health approach to care, the concepts behind Whole Health living, and complete a Personal Health Inventory.

This class is offered virtually and in person on the Topeka and Leavenworth campuses.

  • Virtual: 4th Tuesday each Month 10 AM - 12 PM
  • In Person: 3rd Tuesday each Month 10 AM - 12 PM at both campuses. 

Spouses and caregivers are welcome to attend!

 

Taking Charge of My Life and Health is a once a week for 6-weeks group course that provides an opportunity for more self-exploration, self-care, and goal creation around what really matters to the Veteran. Through this offering, together Veterans explore their new missions, delve into each aspect of the Whole Health circle, and begin to create an overarching personal health plan.

This class is currently offered virtually on the following days and times:

  • Co-ed group: Tuesdays, 14:00 - 15:30; Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30
  • Women's group: Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:30

Yoga is a mind and body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. It has been recommended as a first line treatment for acute and chronic low back pain. Whether you're struggling with pain or interested in learning more about mind-body practice, yoga is available to you at VA Eastern Kansas!

Tai Chi is an ancient mind-body exercise rooted in traditional martial arts. Training with a calm mind in the slow, circular and intentional movements of Tai Chi strengthens and integrates the mind and body. An excellent exercise for persons of all ages and all abilities, Tai Chi enhances relaxation, focus, posture, balance, strength, coordination, immune response and mood.

Participants will develop foundation mind/body skills, learn the building blocks of Tai Chi movement, and combine skills into a flowing sequence increasing strength and flexibility.

Virtual – 10 week Tai Chi Group  Mondays 11:00am – 12:00

In Person (LV) - 10 Week Tai Chi Group Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:00

Virtual WebEx Open Tai Chi Class – Thursdays 8:00am – 9:00am  Click on the link for direct access to this class.

To self  enroll call 913-682-2000 extension 52699  or connect with you healthcare team for a whole health consult for tai chi classes. 

Join us every Wednesday from 1:20 - 1:40 for a 20-minute mindfulness practice designed to create space for grounding yourself in the midst of a busy day! Learn how to use breath work to increase your sense of self-awareness and release tension. Click on the link below to join the class.

Wednesday Mindfulness Practice


Coaching

Whole Health Coaching

Whole Health Coaches work with Veterans one-on-one and in group settings to empower the Veteran to develop and achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Coaches support Veterans in identifying internal and external resources, and in developing self-management strategies for making sustainable, healthy lifestyle, behavior changes. As partners and facilitators, coaches support Veterans in achieving health and behavioral goals while collaborating with the Veteran’s healthcare team. Coaches assist Veterans to use their insight, personal strengths and resources, goal setting, action steps and accountability toward whole health changes.

Telephone Lifestyle Coaching

In addition to Whole Health coaching, VAEK also offers Telephone Lifestyle Coaching (TLC). TLC is a 10-session protocol offered Monday - Friday, 7AM - 10PM via telephone for those who would like additional support in any of the following areas: Striving for a healthy weight, healthy eating habits, increasing physical activity, limiting alcohol use, and managing stress. This option is great for those who need availability after business hours or who have already engaged in Whole Health coaching and would like continued support on their goals.

*Please call (913) 682-2000 ,  ext. 52699, or secure message EKHCS, Whole Health _WH for additional questions or to enroll!


Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being

The Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being picture will help you think about your whole health. All of the areas in the circle are important. They are all connected. Improving one area can benefit other areas in your life and influence your overall physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being.

The inner circle represents you, your values and what really matters to you. Being in a state of mindful awareness helps you identify what matters to you. The next circle is your self-care. These are the circumstances and choices you make in your everyday life to take care of you. The next ring represents professional care you receive. Professional care may include typical medical interventions like examinations, tests, medications tests, medications and counseling. This circle also includes complementary approaches such as acupuncture, chiropractic care and other mind-body therapies. The outer ring represents the people and groups to whom you are connected.


The Circle of Health

The Circle of Health illustrates the big picture connections between your health and other aspects of your life. Whole health opens the door to discuss not only your health conditions, but the things that impact your well-being.

Whole Health Circle of Health

Me

The innermost circle represents each of us as unique individuals. We start at the middle saying, “I am the expert on my life, values, goals, and priorities.  Only I can know what really matters to ME. This knowledge needs to be what drives my health and my healthcare. I am the most important person when it comes to making choices that influence my health and well-being. I am the leader of my team, and my medical team professionals are some of the invited players.”

Examples of the types of services Veterans can access and use to support this area include (but are not limited to):

  • What REALLY matters to you in your life?
  • What do you want your health for?
  • What is your vision of your best possible health?

     

Mindful Awareness

Mindfulness is being fully aware, or paying attention, to the present moment. Sometimes, we go through our daily lives on autopilot with a tendency to dwell on the past or plan events in the future. At times we struggle to pay attention to what is happening right now; without judging or trying to fix it. Being mindful, or aware, allows you to make conscious proactive choices about every aspect of your health. Mindfulness connects you to each component of your well-being, and to your whole self.

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The Eight Areas of Self-Care

Self-care is often the most important factor in living a healthy life, which in turn allows you to live your life fully, in the ways that matter to you. Self-care includes all the choices you make on a daily basis that affect your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Evidence shows that each of these eight areas of self-care contributes a great deal to your overall health and well-being and positively impact disease prevention. Consider your values, lifestyle, habits, and motivations in each area. Taking stock of where you are now and where you want to be in each of these areas is the first step in living a healthier life. 


Professional Care

Prevention and treatment of illness or disease and traditional and complementary medicine are part of professional care. Preventive care includes things like immunizations and cancer screening. Common treatments include checkups, medicines, supplements, physical therapy, surgery, and counseling. Complementary medicine includes approaches like acupuncture, chiropractic care, dry needling, and mind-body therapies. It is important to stay current with your personal care plan for health and well-being.


Community

The outer ring represents your community. For some, their community is close by and for others it is far way. Your community is more than the places you live, work, or worship. It includes all the people and social groups you connect with that add value and purpose to your life.

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Whole Health Wellbeing Offerings

MOVE! Weight Management

The best way to manage your weight is to eat smart and be physically active. MOVE!® is a national weight management program that helps Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health. MOVE!® is a comprehensive lifestyle intervention that focuses on health and wellness through nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change. 

For more information contact Chelbie Glenn at 913-682-2000, ext 52274, or you may request to be invited to a virtual 20-minute informational class by calling 913-682-2000, ext 52243. These classes take place on Wednesdays at 12pm.

Nutrition Service

Whether you'd like to get your hands on healthy recipes, learn about food preparation, or work with a dietitian to develop an individual plan that meets your needs, VAEK Nutrition Service has something to offer! Call 913-682-2000, ext. 52243 to get scheduled for your nutrition consultation today.

Recreational Therapy

Whether you're wanting to work on personal development, recharging, or connecting with others, VA Eastern Kansas has something to offer you through our Recreational Therapy program! Through this program, you'll have the option to learn how to play a new instrument, engage in mindfulness-based music practice, and so much more! Reach out to Andrea Chaffee at 785-350-3111, ext. 53067 to learn more or enroll.

Chaplain Services

Spiritual wellbeing offers opportunity for connection to one's deepest values and is an important part of overall wellbeing! VA Chaplains are available to you to provide religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical direction. You can reach VAEK Chaplain Services today by calling 785-350-3111, ext. 54717 for more information and to get connected.