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Up-close photograph of a clinician holding in both hands a patient's Personal Health Inventory on a clipboard. Patient's midsection is blurred in the background.

Whole Health focuses on what matters most to each of us. It empowers people thorough mindful awareness and self-care, recognizing the fundamental importance of healthy nutrition, activity, sleep, relationships, surroundings, and the many other areas of our lives that contribute to our health and wholeness.

Whole Health supports patient-centered, proactive, whole-person care. Conventional testing and treatment are combined with complementary and integrative health strategies such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture. This website was created for clinicians who work with Veterans, but our resources can support everyone in their journey toward optimal health.

"The Whole Health approach equips people to take charge of their health. But this requires a change in how we think about health care—where clinical care is only one piece of the system, and not necessarily the centerpiece. This change of thinking is the transformation we're making across VA."

Ben Kligler, MD, MPH, Executive Director for the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, Veterans Health Administration

What some are saying about Whole Health

Whole Health improves health outcomes and clinician satisfaction.

Whole Health promotes health and well-being through skill-building.

For additional Whole Health videos, refer tothe VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation website.

The Circle of Health

The Circle of Health visually captures the richness of Whole Health. It can guide people as they reflect on their health and well-being and enhance conversations between patients and members of their care teams.

Image of the Circle of Health model. Me in the center going out through mindful awareness and surrounded by eight self-care components (Moving the body; surroundings; personal development; food and drink; recharge; family, friends, and co-workers; spirit and soul; power of the mind). Next ring includes conventional and complementary approaches with prevention and treatment. The outermost circle displays community.

Whole Health equation: Me + Self Care + Professional Care + Community = Whole Health

The Circle of Health acknowledges each persons uniqueness, putting him or her at the center of it all. From there, they are empowered through mindful awareness and self-care. They are supported and guided by a team of professionals, who may draw from both conventional and complementary approaches. They are embraced by their community. Using the Circle of Health, patients and other individuals identify what matters most to them, and then they work with their Whole Health team to create a Personal Health Plan that will move them closer to what is important to them.