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Employee Whole Health

Employee Whole Health is essential to our health and resiliency as an organization and represents a proactive model of well-being that is protective against stressors and challenges we face in our day to day lives. Focusing on “ME” through mindful awareness and self-discovery allows us to reflect on what matters most, and brings connection to our meaning, aspiration, and purpose to support true work-life integration. Below, find resources developed to assist you in giving attention to your health and wellbeing journey!

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Employee Whole Health Monthly Highlights

February Focus: Personal Development

The new year is often a time for reflection, goal setting and focusing on making healthy lifestyle changes. This is a great time to reflect on personal development. Personal development addresses personal and professional goals, as well as highlights the importance of work-life integration. A Whole Health approach emphasizes finding balance while cultivating mindful awareness, self-discovery, compassion, and gratitude. Personal Development can help you be happier and healthier. It is about giving yourself more options and more control over your life.

Some simple ways to work on personal development may include:

  • Build Hope and Optimism. Being a hopeful and optimistic person allows you to be less sensitive to pain, take care of yourself better, and can increase your health.
  • Find Balance. Consider how different parts of your life balance out in terms of time, how involved you are, and how happy or satisfied they make you. Make changes if necessary. 
  • Create and Learn. Creating and learning keeps your mind and body healthy. It can help you earn more money, too.
  • Give. Giving to others can be a powerful way to improve your own health.
  • Be Grateful (Count Your Blessings). Gratitude is a practice that asks you to focus on the good things already in your life, not having to do something new.
  • Increase Humor. Laughing burns calories, decreases anxiety, and increases pain tolerance. Laughing lowers your stress hormones and increases your feel-good hormones.
  • Build Your Resilience. The ability to bounce back helps to prevent health problems, especially around mental health and emotional issues.
  • Make One Small Change at a Time.

Live Whole Health Mobile App:  Guides the user through their own Personal Health Inventory and helps user create relevant goals and action steps to achieve these goals.

The #LiveWholeHealth Series is a resource that is available to all employees. There are short video practices including yoga, tai chi, acupressure, mindfulness and meditation to help improve your mental and emotional well-being.


Dad and son jogging outdoors for healthy living


Research shows that around half of our daily actions are driven by repetition—but creating a new habit can often feel daunting or unachievable. 

That is why with Wellbeats Wellness, your complimentary wellness offering at VA Eastern Kansas invites you to start small. For as little as two weeks, you can join expert-led, step-by-step fitness, nutrition, or mindfulness programs to help you build healthy habits. 

January Programs Include:

  • A Stronger You (Fitness, Nutrition, and Mindfulness Program // 2 Weeks)
  • Running Stronger 1 (Fitness Program // 2 Weeks)
  • Create Your Calm (Mindfulness Program // 2 Weeks)
  • Food and Mood (Nutrition Program // 2 Weeks)
  • Rest and Restore (Sleep Program // 2 Weeks) 

February Programs Include:

  • Running and walking
  • HIIT, cycling, strength training
  • Heart-healthy recipes
  • Calming meditations

These classes will be filled with heart-pumping exercises to give your heart just what needs for Heart Health Month. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of heart-pumping exercise per week. Be sure to watch in the Daily Announcement Roll Up for more information. 

March Programs Include:

A NEW two-week Food and Mood program with nutrition tips and healthy recipes to boost your mood and energy. This program is led by functional nutritionists and chefs and is for anyone looking for ways to eat healthier and feel happier. 

Ready to build healthier habits? Explore all programs here:

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to your Whole Health team at


Employee Yoga

Has the cold, dreary weather put a damper on your exercise routine? Head indoors and join Laura or Billie for FREE in-person employee yoga. Laura leads yoga in Leavenworth on Tuesdays from 4:45pm-5:45pm in the Employee Gym. Beginning December 19, 2023 this class will be held in the Schwarzkopf Room and will be held at the same time. Billie leads yoga in Topeka on Thursdays from also 4:15pm-5:15pm in the Employee Gym. Put on some comfy clothes and give yourself this hour of self-care! Feel free to reach out with any questions at Namaste!

Begin Your Personal Journey Today

The Personal Health Inventory is a tool created to walk you through the Circle of Health and assist you in identifying your mission, aspiration, and purpose (MAP).  Once your MAP is clearly identified, you can use this tool to help evaluate where you are and where you'd like to be in your health and wellbeing journey, and consider how your personal goals might best align with the things you value most. Download the file below to get started!

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Health Coaching for Employees

Are you ready to prioritize your health and wellbeing, but not sure where to start? VA Eastern Kansas is proud to offer you individualized health coaching to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Our coaches will work with your schedule to find a convenient time to provide accountability, identify proactive goals, and help problem-solve barriers. Coaching can be offered virtually to all staff or face-to-face on the Topeka and Leavenworth campuses. Simply email to get started!

VAEK Employee Whole Health Classes

Whole Health For You and Me

This course is designed to guide you in exploring Whole Health and considering how it can be used to improve your health and well-being. Together we will identify tools and support to empower your success. In addition, learn about EKHCS resources that are available, for free, to support your health and wellbeing while at work and at home.  

Join this class virtually or one of the in person sessions on your campus in 2024. 

  • WH102 Virtual Modularized (2) 1 hr. classes available in March, May and August 2024.
  • WH 102 (1) 2hr. class In Person Topeka Campus September 10th, 2024.

For more information or to enroll go the EKHCS Education SharePoint Learning calendar, find the class and date you are interested in and earn free CEUs for your participation. 

Whole Health Coaching Skills for Clinicians

Whole Health Coaching for Clinicians occurs in 2 hour segments over a 4-week period and is designed to be highly experiential, with an emphasis on taking coaching skills back to your clinical practice. The focus of this virtual course is on meeting Veterans where they are in readiness for change, providing information in a Veteran-centered fashion ( a ‘coach’ approach), and supporting actionable steps toward improving their health and wellbeing. 

VISN 15 Offerings

Visit our VISN 15 Sharepoint to explore whole health classes that allow you to engage and learn with your peers from other organizations throughout our VISN. Through these courses, you'll have the opportunity to learn about and explore your own Whole Health as well as how Whole Health fits within your clinical or work practice!

National Offerings

Visit the National Whole Health Education Sharepoint to explore whole health classes that allow you to engage and learn with your peers from other organizations throughout the country. You'll have the opportunity to learn anything from Eating for Whole Health, to Empowering and Equipping staff, to using Whole Health principles to Lead Change in your organization!

Mindfull or Mindful?

Whole Health Minute

A Whole Health Minute involves taking 60 seconds prior to the start of a meeting or huddle to engage in an activity as a team that supports employee health and wellness components within the circle of health.

Activities can be anything from mindfulness or breathing exercises, riddles or jokes, to stretching or gratitude practices. 

The goal is simply to come together as a team, pause and take a moment to kick off autopilot and connect.

Benefits of a 1-minute mindfulness exercise:

    • Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system dissolving stress and anxiety
    • Slows down and calms the mind
    • Activates and strengthens the prefrontal cortex, enhances mindfulness
    • Allows us a moment in our day to consider and prioritize our self-care
    • Creates and strengthens our sense of community together

Ready to get started? Use the Whole Health Minute Practice Guide below to get started now. If you have further questions or would like additional support on implementing a Whole Health Minute, please reach out to .

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Facility Resources

Employee Gym

Pursue your health and physical fitness goals by utilizing the VAEK 24-hour employee fitness center! Enjoy the use of our cardio equipment, free weights, circuit machines, and resistance trainings. If you'd like to gain access to the employee gym, please email to get started. Employee Fitness Centers are located at the following locations:

Topeka: Building 3, Ground floor at the end of the hall

Leavenworth: Building 71, A150

Employee Fitness Center

Employee Whole Health Relaxation Rooms

In the midst of a busy work day, please remember that YOU matter! Our Employee Whole Health Relaxation Rooms are designed to give you protected space away from your duty station to engage in a mindful moment and rejuvenate. In these rooms, please enjoy the use of massage chairs, essential oils, yoga mats, exercise bands, and more! Relaxation rooms can be found in the following locations:

Topeka: Building 2, Room A2; Building 1, C519, G1 Key

Leavenworth: Building B, Room B111; Building 122, Room 240, any VA key will give you access