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Health Promotion Disease Prevention

Healthy Living Matters. Prevention Works. Let the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System's Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) team assist you in creating, and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

healthy food and active living
Martha Gault

Martha Gault

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Coordinator & Veterans Health Education Coordinator

VA Finger Lakes health care

Phone: 585-393-8069


Physical Activity

Being physically active is key in keeping your joints lubricated, your muscles strong, and your mind, and body healthy. Exercise is a key element in physical activity and comes in many different forms. Physical activity can include talking a walk, a hike, a jog, dancing,  strength training, playing tag with the kids, hitting up the gym, and so much more. 

Check out some of our tools and resources.

Get Fit for Life (11) Veteran Success Stories - YouTube

Video Gallery - MOVE! Weight Management Program (

Living with Arthritis: Exercise - My HealtheVet - My HealtheVet (

Success Stories - MOVE! Weight Management Program (

MOVE! Coach | VA Mobile

Get in touch with our MOVE! Coordinator Tanisa Spencer at 585-463-2630 or

Mobile Health Apps

Healthy Living

PTSD and Emotional Support Resources

If you are a Veteran in immediate need of support, please contact the Veteran's Crisis Line by dialing 988 and selecting option 1. You can also chat with someone virtually at Home (

For a full list of our Mental Health Services and contact representatives please follow the link: Health Services | VA Finger Lakes Health Care | Veterans Affairs

Other helpful tools include the following:

Mobile Mental Health (

Manage Stress - National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (

PTSD Treatment | Veterans Affairs (

Peer Support Services in VA | Veterans Affairs

Sleep Problems and PTSD | Veterans Affairs (

Coping with PTSD Symptoms | Veterans Affairs (

Mindfulness Coach | VA Mobile

Peer Support Services in VA | Veterans Affairs

Food and Nutrition


Sexually Transmitted Infections

Be Safe; Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), often referred to as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), are infections you can get or give someone by having sex while you or your partner has an infection. STIs are the same thing as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Many STIs do not have symptoms. You and/or your partner can have an STI and pass it on without knowing it. Some STIs can cause organ damage and infertility. Having one STI may raise your risk for getting other STIs.

Learn about preventing STI's through the following resources or talk to your healthcare provider. 


Clinical resources:

CDC - STD Treatment

Clinical management of HIV

Sexual History Resources


Patient resources:

Be Safe Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections - National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (

STI’s and Older Adults


Assault and Harassment Prevention

Everyone responds to harassment and sexual assault differently. Experiencers may find themselves struggling after the incident and wonder what they can do to help themselves recover. VA has mental health services available to help.

VA and Community Resources - VHA Assault and Harassment Prevention Office

Foot Care – Preventative Health