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My HealtheVet Activity Journal and Food Journal

What is the Activity Journal and Food Journal?

The My HealtheVet Activity Journal and Food Journal are online tools that allow you to keep a record of your exercise routine and food intake. These tools can help you manage and track your health. If you decide to keep track of your activities and exercise, you can use the Activity Journal. If you decide to keep track of what you eat and drink, use the Food Journal.


What are the requirements for viewing the Activity Journal and Food Journal in My HealtheVet?

To use the Activity Journal and the Food Journal you must be registered in My HealtheVet. If you are a Veteran and use the VA Healthcare System you are encouraged to obtain a My HealtheVet Premium* account. With this account you will have access to key portions of your VA health care record and Secure Messaging with your VA health care teams.

To get a My HealtheVet Premium account, you will need to go through authentication. This is a process by which VA verifies a Veteran's identity. This is done before allowing access to your VA health care record. To learn more, go to Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.


How do I access the My HealtheVet Activity Journal and Food Journal features?

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Journals tab

  • Select either the Activity Journal or the Food Journal


What are the benefits of using the My HealtheVet Activity Journal and Food Journal?

  • Journals can be a valuable tool in helping you manage your health. Using this feature allows you to:

    • Record and track your daily activities

    • Record and track your daily food intake

  • Using Journals allows you to partner with your health care team to make informed decisions about your health and health care

  • Using Journals trains you to be observant. You can identify patterns and see your progress over time

  • Using Journals may help you notice changes in your habits over time and feel good about your progress

  • Journals may help you to know yourself better, providing the encouragement to help you make better choices


What types of information can I enter in the Activity Journal?

The Activity Journal allows you to record the activities you perform during a single day. You can record the following:

  • Daily Information

    • Date

    • Day of Week

    • Comments

  • Activity Detail

    • Activity Type (aerobic/cardio, weights, or other)

    • Distance/Duration

    • Measure

    • Intensity (low, moderate, or high impact)

    • Time of Day (morning, afternoon, evening, or night)

    • Number of Set(s)

    • Number of Repetition(s)


What types of information can I enter in the Food Journal?

The Food Journal allows you to record the foods and beverages you take in during a single day. You can record the following:

  • Daily Information

    • Date

    • Day of Week

    • Water (number of 8 ounce glasses)

     

  • Meal Type (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks)

    • Food/Beverage Item

    • Quantity

    • Serving Size

    • Preparation Method

  • Comments


Can I change or remove information in my Activity Journal or Food Journal?

Yes, you enter your own information. You can change or remove a Journal entry from either the summary view or the detailed information view pages.

  • Select the Edit button to change the information for a journal entry

  • Select the Delete button to remove a journal entry


Is information in my Activity Journal and Food Journal protected, secure, and private?

Yes, My HealtheVet is a secure Website. The VA follows strict security policies and practices to make sure that your personal health information is safe and protected.

Important to Note: You are responsible for protecting your personal information you print out or download. It is important to protect your information. Protect this information the same way you would protect your banking or credit card information. Do not leave your printed information on a printer. Do not save your downloaded information to a public computer. When using a public computer, save your information to a CD and/or thumb drive. Remember to take the CD or thumb drive with you when you finish. You should never send an email that contains personal health information. This is because email is not secure.


Can my VA health care team view information in my Activity Journal or Food Journal?

No, your VA health care team cannot view any information in your Personal Health Record. This includes your Activity Journal and Food Journal. Your VA health care team does not have access to this information unless you print it and share it with them.


Can I view, print or download information in my Activity Journal or Food Journal?

You can print your entries from the Activity Journal or Food Journal tab:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select Activity Journal or Food Journal

  • For a Summary view of the list of dates and activities entered

    • Select Printer Friendly

    • Select Print

  • For a Detailed view of one day's activities

    • Select the Date hyperlink

    • Select Printer Friendly

    • Select Print

You can view, print and download your data using the VA Blue Button:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select Download My Data (Blue Button icon)

  • On the Download My Data page, Select Continue

  • You can now select the Types of Information

    • Choose Select one or more types of information

    • Select Activity Journal and/or Food Journal

    • Select Submit

    • Select either Download PDF File for a format that is easy to read and print (PDF file) or Download for a simple text format (.txt file)

    • Select View/Print if you want a printed list

    • Select the Done box to return to the previous screen


If I use the VA Blue Button, what information will I see?

The VA Blue Button may display the following information for what you self-entered in your Activity Journal:

  • Daily Information

    • Date

    • Day of Week

    • Comments

  • Activity Detail

    • Activity Type (aerobic/cardio, weights, or other)

    • Distance/Duration

    • Measure

    • Intensity (low, moderate, or high impact)

    • Time of Day (morning, afternoon, evening, or night)

    • Number of Set(s)

    • Number of Repetition(s)

The VA Blue Button may display the following information for what you self-entered in your Food Journal:

  • Daily Information

    • Date

    • Day of Week

    • Water (number of 8 ounce glasses)

  • Meal Type (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks)

    • Food/Beverage Item

    • Quantity

    • Serving Size

    • Preparation Method

  • Comments

What are Activity Journal and Food Journal Worksheets?

Worksheets are pages you can print and take with you. The worksheets are designed to help you track your journal entries when you do not have access to a computer. Later, you may use the worksheets as a guide to enter your information online into your My HealtheVet Activity Journal and Food Journal.

The Activity Journal worksheet allows you to quickly and easily record the activities you perform during a day. The Food Journal worksheet allows you to track your food intake in one given day.


Who do I contact if I have a technical problem with the Activity Journal or Food Journal feature?

You can contact My HealtheVet about technical problems you may have with the Activity Journal or Food Journal feature. Simply complete the Contact MHV form to send a message to the My HealtheVet Help Desk. The Help Desk staff will respond to your inquiry within three (3) business days.