Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program - VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program

Take Charge of Your Life!

The vision of the VASLCHCS Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is to help Veterans improve their wellbeing and quality of life.  Many chronic diseases can be prevented or improved through healthy lifestyle choices.  Small changes over time can improve the way you feel so you can focus on what is important to you.

Healthy Living Messages

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Be involved in your health care.  Take an active role.  Work with your health care team to improve your health.

Be physically active.  Avoid inactivity.  Aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.

Eat wisely.  Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.  Limit salt, fat, sugar, and alcohol.

Be Involved In Your Health Care

Be Physically Active

Eat Wisely

Strive for a healthy weight.  If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help.  If you are of normal weight, maintain it.

Manage stress.  Pay attention to stress.  Learn about ways to help you manage and reduce your stress.

Be safe.  Find out how to prevent sexually transmitted infections, falls, and motor vehicle crashes.  Take action to protet yourself and those you love from harm.

Strive For A Healthy Weight

Manage Stress

Be Safe

Be tobacco free.  Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and protect the health of your family members.  Don't use tobacco in any form.

Limit alcohol.  If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation (women no more than 1 drink a day; men no more than 2 drinks a day).  Avoid "binge drinking."

Get recommended screening tests and immunizations.  Recommendations for preventative services depend on your age, gender, health status, and family history.  Ask which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you.

Be Tobacco Free

Limit Alcohol

Get Recommended Screening Tests & Immunizations

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MOVE! logo  MOVE is a national weight management program designed by the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a part of the Office of Patient Care Services, to help veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health. Learn more about the MOVE! program.

Air Force Veteran who is involved with the VA's MOVE program

Watch how VA Salt Lake City Health Care System's MOVE program helped Air Force Veteran lose over 125 pounds in this Fox 13 news story. Watch the video here. 
Rex Jones participant in the MOVE program  VA Salt lake City Health Care System's MOVE program is a National weight management program for Veterans enrolled in VA Health Care. Rex has lost weight and has also been able to control his diabetes. Watch the video to learn more.
Tom Day doing pushups  Tom Day has been working the program with great success. He has lost over 60 pounds! Check out his story and how MOVE can help you.  Watch the video here.
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VA has the tools to help you succeed. Talk to your VA health care provider about how to quit smoking, including getting medication to improve your chances of quitting and a referral to a VA smoking cessation clinic. Learn more about smoking cessation.

Resources for Tobacco Cessation Support

To get help at the VA Salt Lake City Medical Center or Community Based Outreach Clinics to quit smoking, call Alethea, 801-582-1565, ext. 1874

Quit VET, a toll free telephone smoking Quitline
You can speak with a counselor and get :
• Individualized counseling
• Help developing a quit plan
• Strategies to prevent relapse
• Follow-up calls to help you stay quit
Call 1-855-QUIT VET (1-855-784-8838
Mon-Fri 6 am – 6 pm (Mountain Time)

SmokefreeVET, a mobile texting message smoking cessation service
24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help you stop smoking for good.

To Sign up:  text the word VET to 47848 from your mobile phone
Or visit:
You don’t need to sign up to get support!  Text URGE, STRESS, or SMOKES anytime to 47848 for support. 
If you pay for individual texts, this program may not be for you.  Standard messaging rates apply. 

VHA White Board Video, “Why Quit?”: *
VHA “Break Free from Smoking”: *

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My HealtheVet logo  My HealtheVet is a free, online personal health record. It is available 24/7, where ever there is internet access. Learn more about My Healthevet.

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Contact our Health Promotion Disease Prevention Manager:

Joan Heusser, RD, CSR
(801) 582-1565 ext. 4246