Healtheliving Assessment: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Healtheliving Assessment?
A: The Healtheliving Assessment (HLA) is a health risk assessment. You can find it online at the My HealtheVet personal health portal. It asks you questions about your health history and habits, such as diet, exercise, smoking, past health, and family medical history. When you finish it, you get a personalized report showing your current health status. It also suggests changes you can make to improve your health and reduce your risk for major diseases.
Q: How does the HLA work?
A: The HLA is easy. You answer questions online about your health. It only takes about 20 minutes. If you need to stop before completing the questions, you can save your answers and finish the assessment later. After you answer all the questions, you will get a personalized summary report and a detailed full report.
Q: Why should I do the HLA?
A: You will get a personalized health report that tells you about your current health status. You will see your risks of developing major diseases in the future. You’ll get suggestions for changes to improve your health now and in the future. On the summary report, you can select health recommendations and see the impact on your health if you make these changes. You can save and print the report to discuss with your health care provider. Your health care team can use this report to help you take steps to achieve your goals.
Q: What is a ‘health age’?
A: Health age is a measure of your overall health compared with others your age. Health age estimates the effect that your lifestyle and other health factors have on your life expectancy. If your health age is lower than your actual age, it means that you have a healthier lifestyle than a typical person your age. This means you have potentially increased the length of your life.
Q: Is my health age really accurate?
A: Health ages are best estimates based on medical evidence, best practices, scientific research, and mathematical models. They are not a guarantee of life expectancy.
Q: Can I take an HLA if not a Veteran?
A: All registered users of MyHealtheVet can take the HLA. Both Veterans and non-Veterans can register for a MyHealtheVet account. It takes just a few minutes. Click here.
Q: Will my results be secure?
A: Yes, your information is protected and completely confidential. Only you will see your answers and your health report.
Q: What if I want to share my HLA results with my health care team?
A:The HLA results are confidential unless you decide to share them. You can print out your summary report and bring it with you to an appointment. If you are signed up for Secure Messaging, you will soon be able to email your HLA results to your VA provider.
Q: Can my family members or friends take the HLA?
A: Yes, as long as they are registered users of MyHealtheVet.
Q: How do I find the HLA?
A: The HLA is available here.
Q: Is there a paper version of the HLA?
A: No, the HLA must be completed online. You can print out your summary report and share it with your health care team.
Q: What if I don’t have a computer?
A: The HLA may be completed on any computer, such as the computer work stations provided for Veterans in VA facilities. If you are using a public computer, please be careful not to leave your results on that computer for others to see. If you have downloaded a PDF of your report on a public computer, delete the PDF before logging off.
Q: How often should I take the HLA?
A: We recommend taking the HLA once a year, and if you’ve had a major health change(s) or feel you have changed a health behavior. HLA users may also choose to receive an email reminder about completing the HLA.
Q: What should I do if I get an ‘error’ message while doing the HLA?
A: First, follow the directions given in the message. Then, you can try clicking the ‘back’ button and answering the question again. If you still get an error, contact the My HealtheVet help desk.
Q: What should I do if I have questions about my HLA report?
A: Please talk with your health care team.
Q: Can Veterans who receive care outside of VA use the HLA?
A: Yes. All Veterans, as well as nonVeterans, can take the HLA.
Q: Can the HLA be completed on a mobile device?
A: No, not at this time. This is planned for the future.
Q: Will my VA disability rating change if I complete the HLA?
A: No. The results and summary do not affect your disability ratings.