You have it in you.
During your time in the service, you gained the tools you need to live an active, healthy lifestyle. You learned how to stay physically fit, eat nutritious food to fuel your body, and get good sleep. The demands of life after leaving active duty may have gotten in the way of these healthy habits.
Dr. Chelsea Cosby
But now is the best time to rediscover your best health.
We focus on what matters to you.
VA is here to help. We offer a Whole Health approach by focusing on what matters to you—not what is the matter with you. The first step is to meet with your VA health care provider. They can help you make a customized health plan with realistic and achievable goals.
Then, start to rediscover your best health by taking small steps. Take a daily 20-minute walk or go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Or you can focus on getting more nutrients in your diet such as adding a serving of green leafy vegetables a few times a week.
Explore VA resources than can help you rediscover your best health.
- Make a personal plan for your health journey. Start with information on the VA Whole Health
- Get personal help through VA’s telephone coaching with a lifestyle coach.
- Explore self-care ideas through VA Whole Health.
- Learn more about healthy eating. Eligible Veterans can ask their VA provider or health care team for a referral to a nutritionist, or send a secure message with a request to their provider through the MyHealtheVet
- Don’t let the cold keep you from exercising! If you don’t have access to a gym, here are some tips for exercising during cold winter months. Even just 7,500 steps a day can help reduce the risk of getting heart disease by 19% and diabetes by 30%.
- Try out VA’s MOVE! Weight Management Program.
- Learn more about getting good sleep, especially if you are having trouble sleeping or are not feeling rested when you wake up.
- Download VA’s free Mindfulness Coach app or try some breathing methods to help manage stress.
- Talk with your VA health care provider to make sure you have the necessary screenings and Immunizations and learn about comprehensive and gender-specific health care services for women Veterans.
- Look through the many resources offered by VA Whole Health to see what sparks your interest.
These are just a few resources for lifelong health. Talk with your VA primary care provider to learn more or call or text the Women Veterans Call Center at 855-VA-WOMEN (855-829-6636) to learn how VA can help.
You have it in you to rediscover your best health in 2022!
Disclaimer: The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of VA.