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VA Central Iowa Health Care System

 

Whole Health

Components of Proactive Health
and Well-Being

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Your diet. Your exercise routine. Your sleep patterns. Your relationships and
work environment. They are all connected — and they are all important parts
of what you can do to enhance your own self-care.of what you can do to enhance
your own self-care.


The Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being model lays out eight key
areas of self-care, illustrating how they fit in with other critical elements of your
personal health plan. Improving one area can benefit all other aspects of your
life — including your overall physical, mental,and spiritual health and well-being.


Interactive Whole Health Wheel

Click each of the sections below to learn about the different components of Whole Health and specific services in your area.


Working Your Body Surroundings Personal Development Food and Drink Recharge Family, Friends, and Coworkers Spirit and Soul Power of Mind Community Conventional and Complementary Approaches Prevention and Treatment Me Self Care Professional Care Community Whole Health Mindful Awareness

 

Whole Health Coach

womanWanting to make changes in your life but need help? Our health coach helps veterans set goals, help with motivation, discuss any barriers/obstacles that may come up along your journey, help improve your overall quality of life that is aligned with your values, wants, and needs. Coaching assists veterans in their next step with their life, putting the veteran in the driver’s seat throughout the process allowing the veteran to chose his/her own health plan/route.

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Personal Development

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Personal Life and Work Life

No matter where you are in life, your personal and work life is very important. How do you spend your time and energy during the day? Do things give you energy or make you tired? Do you spend time doing what matters most to you? How do you feel about your finances and how are they affecting your life? These factors affect not only your happiness, but also your health.

Examples of the types of services Veterans can access and use to support this area include (but are not limited to):

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Compensated
  • Work Therapy
  • Voluntary Service Programs
  • Veterans Health Library
  • Veteran Centers (career counseling, interviewing skills)
  • Horticultural Training Programs (Master Gardeners)
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Food & Drink

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Nourishing and Fueling

What you eat and drink can nourish your body and mind. Choose healthy eating habits that fit your lifestyle. Certain supplements can support your health goals. Limit alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Keep your body and mind properly fueled.

  • Nutrition Classes
  • Farmers Markets and Healthy Canteen Choices (Veterans Canteen Service)
  • Horticultural Training Programs (Master Gardeners)
  • Demonstration Kitchen (Nutrition & Food Service)
  • MOVE! Weight Management Program
  • Tobacco Cessation Programs

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Recharge

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Sleep and Refresh

Sleep is very important for your body and mind. Rest can give you peace. Relaxation can lower stress. Activities you enjoy can help you feel recharged. A good balance between activity and rest improves your health and well-being.

Examples of the types of services Veterans can access and use to support this area include (but are not limited to):

  • Meditation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Progressive Relaxation
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Breathing
  • Relaxing

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Friends, Family, & Co-Workers

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Relationships

Feeling alone can sometimes make you get sick or keep you sick. Positive social relationships are healthy. A healthy intimate relationship with a life partner can be a source of strength. It’s good to talk to people who care about you and listen to you.

Examples of the types of services Veterans can access and use to support this area include (but are not limited to):

  • Peer Support Program
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Caregiver Support Program
  • Veterans Center Counseling
  • Relaxing

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Spirit & Soul

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Growing and Connecting

A sense of meaning and purpose in life is important to many people. When things are hard, where do you turn for strength and comfort? Some people turn to spiritual or religious faith. Some people find comfort in nature. Some connect with art, music or prefer quiet time alone. Some want to help others. You may express this as a guide to living fully.

Examples of the types of services Veterans can access and use to support this area include (but are not limited to):

  • Chaplaincy Service

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Power of the Mind

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Relaxing and Healing

Your mind can affect your body. Sometimes when you think about stressful things, your heart rate and blood pressure go up. You can use the power of your mind to lower blood pressure or control pain. Learn to use the connection between your body, brain, and mind. Warriors and athletes use the power of the mind to visualize a successful mission or event. Mind-body practices tap into the power of the mind to heal and cope.

Examples of the types of services Veterans can access and use to support this area include (but are not limited to):

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Stress Management Programs
  • Biofeedback Programs
  • Relaxation Breathing Tai Chi, Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Mantram Repetition

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Working Your Body

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Energy and Flexibility

Exercise gives you energy and strength. Movement can make you more flexible. Exercise is also good for your mind. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart disease. Examples of exercise and movement include walking, gardening, dancing, or lifting weights. It’s important to find what works for you.

Examples of the types of services Veterans can access and use to support this area include (but are not limited to):

  • VA National Rehabilitation Programs (e.g., Veterans sports clinics, games)
  • Recreational Therapy (e.g., equestrian therapy, adaptive cycling)
  • Exercise and Movement (e.g., dance/Zumba, walking programs, gyms)
  • Tai Chi

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Surroundings

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Physical and Emotional

Your environment can affect your health. You may have problems with safety, or things like clutter, noise, bad smells, poor lighting or water quality. You may be able to change some of these problems. You may not be able to change them all. It starts with paying attention to the influences of your environment on your life and health. Improve what you can. It’s good to have a safe, comfortable, and healthy space.

  • HUD/VASH (Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing)
  • Creative Arts Festival
  • VA Home Loans
  • Pets

To download a list of local activities, please click HERE.

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Contact Info

Location

  • 7M

Contact Number(s)

  • 515-323-1434

Hours of Operation

  • 07:30am-4:00pm