John J. Pershing VA Medical Center
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Healthy Living and Living Healthy Through VA Programs
As we grow older, the importance of living healthy and making healthy choices is paramount to our quality of life. The focus of the Health Promotion Disease Prevention program is to promote the nine Healthy Living Messages. These messages include:
- Eat Wisely
- Strive for a Healthy Weight
- Be Physically Active
- Be Tobacco Free
- Limit Alcohol
- Be Safe
- Manage Stress
- Be Involved with Your Health Care
- Get Recommended Screenings and Immunizations
The HPDP program is designed to offer a suite of options to help you become healthier. These options include a weight control program called MOVE!, free immunizations, and the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.
MOVE! is VA’s weight management, physical activity, and behavior change initiative. The program was designed by the Veterans Health Initiative’s National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Developed for both men and women, the program helps participants take a closer look at their diet, exercise habits, mental or emotional roadblocks to behavior change, and learn about the basics of weight control. Entry into the program is obtained through their primary care team.
Immunizations, while vitally important to one’s health, are often neglected or overlooked. The Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) offer annual flu shots that can be obtained without an appointment during flu season. Other immunizations such as Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap), pneumonia, and the shingles vaccine must be scheduled through primary care.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) was developed by Stanford University to help people with chronic diseases explore healthy ways to live with a chronic physical or mental condition. The class teaches self-management skills for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing symptoms, safe and effective medication management, finding community resources, and many other useful topics.
The Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention staff stands ready to serve our patients. To find out more about the services they offer, contact Bonnie Connelly at 573-778-4386.
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