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What is Whole Health?

Whole Health is VA’s 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.

Whole Health means thinking about and approaching your health in a new way. Through conversations and courses, VA staff and Veteran peers will get to know you. They will work with you to set health and well-being goals based on your needs and what matters to you. Once you are on the Whole Health pathway, VA staff and Veteran peers support and guide you as you complete your Personal Health Inventory and develop your Personal Health Plan.

The Circle of Health

The Circle of Health illustrates the big picture connections between your health and other aspects of your life. Whole Health opens the door to discuss not only your health conditions, but the things that impact your well-being. The Circle of Health has 4 key elements.

  • Me. The equation begins with you, the “Me” at the center. Your story is unique and your whole health begins with what matters to you.

  • Self-care. Each of us has the power to impact our well-being. Whole Health offers the skills and support you need to make the changes you want.

  • Professional care. Your health team is there to help with the prevention and treatment of disease and illness.

  • Community. Just as there is a “Me” at the center of the circle, there is a “We” that enfolds it. Your “Community” is the people and groups you connect with.

Taking stock of where you are in each of these areas and thinking about where you want to be, are the first steps to living a healthier life.

  • Mindful awareness

  • Surroundings

  • Personal development

  • Food and drink

  • Recharge

  • Family, friends, and co-workers

  • Spirit and soul

  • Power of the mind

  • Moving the body

Numerous whole health education handouts are available in a printer-friendly format. Watch informative and instructional videos about the Circle of Health, download them for offline viewing, or explore the Circle of Health. Please visit our website for other mobile apps and online tools that may support your self-care practices. 

Whole Health puts you, not your symptoms, at the center of your care decisions.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 11/1/2019
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