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

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.

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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 Involved in Your Health Care

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

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

Strive for a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight, loosing even a little will help. If you are of normalweight, maintain it. 
Strive for a Healthy Weight

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

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

Be tobacco free. Quiting 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. 
Be Tobacco Free

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." 
Limit Alcohol

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. 
Get Recommended Screenings
& Immunizations


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 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 a Veteran who has used 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's story on what the MOVE! program did for him.  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.
Smoking Cessation Support Group.  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. 

Online Resource for Tobacco Cessation Support

The "QUIT TOBACCO—Make Everyone Proud" website ( *) is now available to Veterans through a VA partnership with the Department of Defense/TRICARE. This site is targeted to meet the needs of younger active military and Veteran populations by providing online tools to quit tobacco use, such as live chat services, personalized quit plans, and other interactive support systems. The convenience of a 24 hour/7 day a week availability can help meet the needs of Veterans balancing the challenges of readjustment to home, work, and family while also trying to quit tobacco use.  From the homepage of the website, Veterans who are enrolled for care in VA can access information tailored for them by clicking on the section "VA Veterans”.

* This link will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites. The link will open in a new window.
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Contact our Health Promotion Disease Prevention Manager:
Joan Heusser, RD, CSR
(801) 582-1565 ext. 4246

Contact Info


  • VA Salt Lake City Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 801-582-1565 Ext. 4246

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00am - 4:30pm