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My Goals

What is My Goals?

My Goals is a tool in My HealtheVet that helps you set and achieve Goals. Using My Goals may make it easier to achieve specific Goals you set for yourself.


How will using My Goals benefit me?

My Goals has six steps that can help you overcome common reasons people have difficulty reaching their Goals.Setting up Goals in My HealtheVet may help you find ways to improve your health.

My Goals may benefit you by:

  • Helping you name a Goal to work toward

  • Tracking your progress toward your Goal

  • Sending you email reminders


Why would I want to set up Goals in My HealtheVet?

Writing down your Goals and making a plan can help you achieve your Goals. Setting a Goal helps provide direction and purpose. My Goals will help you identify the Obstacles that you need to overcome to achieve your Goal. By identifying your Obstacles, you can create Tasks to help you identify the specific activities needed to overcome each Obstacle. This could help you meet your Goal. My Goals uses a six-step process to make it easier to accomplish and achieve your Goals. An advantage to using My Goals is the ability to set up email reminders. You can access your Goals on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Can anyone else see My Goals?

You are the only one who can see your Goals and all of the information you have entered in My Goals. You can print a copy of your Goals to share with your health care team or someone who supports you in achieving your Goals.


Can I set up Reminders?

Yes, you can set up reminders for your Tasks that will be sent to your email. Reminders help you remember when it is time to work on a Task. You can set up reminders by using the Health Calendar features.

  • Login to your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Get Care tab

  • Select the Health Calendar tab

  • Select Preferences to set up your email reminders


Who can I contact for help with My Goals?

You may contact a member of your health care team to help you identify your Goals. The health care team can also help you with all of the steps for achieving a Goal.


Who can I contact with questions or suggestions for improving the My Goals feature of My HealtheVet?

My HealtheVet welcomes all comments or suggestions. To send your feedback, please use the Contact MHV tab at the top of any page on the website.


Who do I contact for support?

You can contact a member of your health care team to help you identify your Goals. If you have a technical question related to My Goals, please use the Contact MHV tab at the top of any page on the website.

Example: You get an error message you do not understand.

  • Select the Contact MHV tab at the top of any page on the website

  • Select the Contact Help Desk box on the right side of the page.

  • Fill out the Contact Us form and Submit

  • You can also go to Contact MHV to call us directly.


What do I need to use My Goals?

You need a computer with Internet access. If you do not have your own computer, you may want to go to your public library. Computers may also be available for use at:

  • Your VA facility

  • Your VA Outpatient Clinics

  • Local Internet Cafes

  • Local Veteran's Service Organization

Note: When you use a computer it is important that you take steps to protect your passcodes and personal information. Learn more about protecting your personal health information.


How do I create a My HealtheVet account?

Go to the Internet to create a My HealtheVet account:

  • Go to the My HealtheVet (www.myhealth.va.gov) website

  • Select the Register Today button on the right side of the screen

  • Enter all the required information and select the Save button

Then you can login to your My HealtheVet account using your new User ID and Password.


What do I need to use My Goals on my home computer?

All you need is a computer and Internet access. Log on to the My HealtheVet website (www.myhealth.va.gov). Then follow the steps below:

  • Login to your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the My Goals tab


Do I need training to use My Goals?

Formal training is not needed to use My Goals. My HealtheVet provides an online training course for My Goals. This course is located in the Resource Center & Related Links section of My Goals. You may view the course by selecting the link labeled Creating Goals With My Goals. You must be logged into My HealtheVet to view this course. If you have questions, please contact a member of your health care team or you can use the Contact MHV tab.


Is there someone at my local VA facility who I can contact if I have questions?

Yes, please ask for the My HealtheVet Coordinator at your local VA facility for more help.


Can I download and print a list of My Goals?

Yes, you can download and print information about your Goals from most of the My Goals pages. To print, select one of the Print buttons. The print button will open your printer's dialogue box. You must be connected to a printer to use this feature. The pages are designed to be printed on a standard sheet of paper (8 ½ by 11 inches).


Why can't I see all of My Goals on the View and Track My Goal page?

Only active Goals are displayed on the View and Track My Goal page. You can view completed Goals on the View My Completed Goals page.


Can I make changes to My Goals after they are created?

Yes, there are many opportunities to change the information you have entered into My Goals. You will see several buttons labeled with the word "Change..." throughout My Goals. You may select these Change buttons to edit information related to your Goals, Strengths, Obstacles, Tasks and Rewards.


Can I delete a Goal if I decide it is no longer important to me?

Yes, a delete option is available on the View My Goal page. If you select the Delete Goal button, all Strengths, Obstacles, Tasks and Rewards for the Goal will be removed and no longer be available.


I do not use my computer every day. Can I track my Tasks on paper and later enter them into My Goals?

Yes, you can track your Tasks on paper using the Weekly Task(s) Tracking Worksheet. You may enter them into My Goals at a later time when it is convenient for you.