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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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Care we provide at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Our whole health approach empowers and equips you to take charge of your health, well-being, and quality of life. Whole health goes beyond your illnesses, injuries, or disabilities, and focuses instead on your values, goals, and overall health. It includes self-care and complementary therapies along with conventional medical care. Our whole health program includes:

Taking Charge of My Life and Health

Explore your Mission, Aspiration and Purpose, complete a Personal Health Inventory and create a Personal Health Plan on the pathway to Whole Health in this 8 week class.

Call or text 626-558-9652 or email VHAGLAWholeHealth@VA.gov to enroll.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating present moment awareness in a non-judgmental and friendly way. VA Greater Los Angeles offers a number of Mindfulness-Based Interventions offering proven approaches to reduce stress, alleviate depressed mood, and enhance well-being.

Mindfulness Skills Drop-in Group 

Thursdays at 1 p.m. 

Currently being held both over the phone and in-person at LAACC 2nd floor, Team B. To join by telephone call 404-397-1596 and dial 199 550 6714# when it asks for the access code to enter. When you join  the group by phone you can get more information on joining in-person. 

Learn about our Center for Mindfulness here.

Compassion

Compassion is the feeling that arises when you are confronted with suffering and feel motivated to relieve it. Self-compassion is meeting one’s own suffering with tenderness and courage. VA Greater Los Angeles is the first VA site to demonstrate the improvement in physical, social and mental well-being in Veterans through a self-compassion training program.

Meditation

Meditation is a set of techniques used to increase awareness, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.

 

Mindfulness Meditation

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.

For more information and enrollment: call 310-694-6045

 

Mind Over Illness

Mondays, 11:00 a.m., at Sepulveda VA Medical Center, bldg. 200 - 2nd floor, Conference Room B&C

For more information: call 310-478-3711, ext.32089

 

iRest Guided Imagery Meditation

Mondays, 2:00 p.m.

To join: call 404-397-1596, access code: 199 683 2860#

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.

To join: call 404-397-1596, access code:199 603 9524#

Fridays, 1:30 p.m.

To join: call 404-397-1596, access code: 199 529 9122#

For more information: call 310-478-3711, ext.36265

 

Meditative Movement

Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.

Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

For more information on how to join over VA-Video-Connect: call 310-478-3711, ext.36265

Smoking Cessation

Learn more about our Tobacco Cessation Program

Classes to help you prepare you and support you in quitting smoking.

 

Tobacco Cessation Group

Mondays, 12:15 p.m.

For more information and enrollment: call 310-694-6045

 

Stop Smoking—Support & Medication

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.

For more information on how to join over VA-Video-Connect: call 818-895-9569

Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.

For more information on how to join over VA-Video-Connect: call 310-478-3711, ext.54393

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

For more information on how to join over VA-Video-Connect with individual phone calls for those who cannot join by video: call 818-895-9569

Refresh and Recharge

Allowing the body to sleep, rest and relax is directly connected to physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

 

Sleep Well

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.

To join: call 404-397-1596, access code: 199 324 8743#

 

Healing Space for Women: Guided Imagery and Acupuncture

Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

Currently being held in-person at West LA VA, Bldg 220, ground floor. For more info, contact 310-268-3276

 

Ways to Relax

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

To join: call 404-397-1596, access code: 276 0290 4052#

For more information: call 310-478-3711, ext.32089

 

Relaxation 101

Fridays, 9:00 a.m. Currently being held in person at West LA VA in bldg. 220, check-in on ground floor.

For more information contact 310-268-3276.

 

Expressive Arts Class

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. Currently being held in-person at West LA VA bldg. 220 ground floor.

For more info, contact 310-268-3276

 

Self-Acupressure Class

Wednesday 1:00 p.m.

Currently being held virtually over VA-Video-Connect. For more info on how to join, contact ext. 36265

 

Walk-in Battlefield Acupuncture Clinic for Pain

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.

Currently being held in-person at LAACC, 3rd Floor room A349 (no appointment needed). For more info, contact 310-268-3276

Fridays 11:00 a.m.

Currently being held in-person at West LA VA, Bldg. 220 Ground Floor (No appointment needed). For more info, contact 310-268-3276

 

Resilient Rhythms

(Drumming, to benefit PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain)

Thursday 11:00 a.m.

Currently being held in-person at West LA VA outside Bldg. 220 (next to lot 10, by the benches). For more info, contact 310-268-3276

Healthy Living Skill Building

Learn skills for building health, wellness and resilience. 

 

Diabetes Shared Medical Appt

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

To join: call 404-397-1596, access code: 199 100 6601#

For more information: call 310-478-3711, ext. 32089

 

Eating Well with Diabetes

1st Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Bldg 500, Rm 3055

1st Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., at  Sepulveda VA Medical Center, Conf Room B/C

3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Virtual class (phone or video)

For more information: call 310-478-3711, ext. 49464

 

Wellness Support Group

Mondays, 11:00 a.m.

For more information and enrollment: call 310- 694-6045

 

Whole Health to Manage Anger

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.,  at Sepulveda VA Medical Center  

Currently being held in-person at Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, Bldg. 22 - Recreation Hall. Contact: 818-401-3543 for more information.

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. 

Currently being held over telephone. Join the group by calling 404-397-1596 and dial 199 334 0776# when it asks for the access code to enter. Contact: 818-401-3543 for more information.

 

Healthy Teaching Kitchen

Learn to prepare healthy meals

Fridays, 11:00 a.m.

Currently being held in-person at West LA VA outside bldg. 220 (Rose Garden). For more information, contact 310-268-3276.

 

Intuitive Eating

Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Currently being held over VA-Video-Connect. For more information on how to join, contact 424-485-7238.

 

Healthy Microbiome

Every 1st Friday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

Currently being held over VA-Video-Connect. For more information on how to join, contact 424-485-7238.

 

Nutrition for Migraines

Every 2nd Friday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

Currently being held over VA-Video-Connect. For more info on how to join, contact 424-485-7238.

 

Nutrition for Rest and Relaxation

Every 3rd Friday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

Currently being held over VA-Video-Connect. For more information on how to join, contact 424-485-7238.

 

Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Every 4th Friday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

Currently being held over VA-Video-Connect. For more information on how to join, contact 424-485-7238.

 

Gardening for Whole Health

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. Currently being held in person at the West LA Vet's Garden. For more information on how to join contact 310-619-0321.

 

Whole Health for Pain

Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Currently being held in person at West LA VA in bldg. 500 Rm 1606 (PERC). For more information contact ext. 32089.

 

Transforming Health and Resilience through Integration of Values-based Experience (THRIVE) is a 14 week program for improving health and wellbeing.  Weekly topics include sleep, diet, environmental and financial health, mindfulness and spirituality.  The groups are held at the Temple street clinic.  Your provider can place a consult for THRIVE to schedule you for the next 14 week series.

Tai Chi

An ancient Chinese martial art combining slow-flowing movements with breathing, awareness and visualization. Shown to improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m., at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, outside of Bldg. 220.

Currently being held in-person and over VA-Video-Connect. In-person is held at West LA VA outside Bldg. 220 (Rose Garden). For more info on how to join virtually, contact 626-558-9652

Fridays, 8:30 a.m. 

Currently being held in-person and over VA-Video-Connect. In-person is held at West LA VA outside Bldg. 220 (Rose Garden). For more info on how to join virtually, contact 626-558-9652.

 

Women’s Intro to Tai Chi

Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

For more information and enrollment: call 310-478-3711, ext.36265

Yoga

Yoga is a mind and body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The combination of postures and breathing techniques are beneficial for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

 

Women’s Trauma-Informed Yoga

Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. Ask your provider for “MOVE Exercise Recommendation” Consult.

To enroll: contact your primary care team to request a consult.

For more information: call 310-478-3711, ext.43230

 

Our Yoga program is currently on hiatus while we recruit a new instructor.  You can check in on availability of in person drop-in classes at 310-268-3276

 Free online yoga for Veterans is also available via the Veteran’s Yoga Project  Mindful Resilience Yoga Classes - Veterans Yoga Project.

Walk-in Battlefield Acupuncture Clinic for Pain

Los Angeles VA Clinic 

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Currently being held  on the 3rd Floor, room A349 (no appointment needed). For more info, contact 310-268-3276

West Los Angeles VA Medical Center 

Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Currently being held at Bldg. 220 Ground Floor (No appointment needed). For more info, contact 310-268-3276

Bakersfield VA Clinic 

Currently being held 5 days per week 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Contact 661-632-1800 for more information. 

Santa Maria VA Clinic 

Thursdays 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 Contact 805-354-6000 for more information. 

Captain Rosemary Bryant Mariner Outpatient Clinic (Ventura)

Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Contact 805-339-6400 for more information.