In the Spotlight
Veterans Staying Active and Strong
My HealtheVet is proud to be part of the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. These sports events are held every year. They have become national models for promoting rehabilitation. Disabled Veterans of all ages are able to display their abilities and strengths. Families, coaches and guests who attend these events are inspired by the Veterans who take part. Veterans who take part in events are given instruction in adaptive activities and sports. These events include basketball, rugby, softball, hand cycling and many others. In addition, many of the events include winter sports such as skiing. The Games also give newly disabled Veterans the chance to be with other athletes and to learn new sports skills.
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is the world leader in promoting rehabilitation.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world.
During the week of these events, My HealtheVet is there. Veterans, their families, coaches and VA staff can find out more about My HealtheVet. My HealtheVet staff helps them register and learn about the many features. They are shown how they can keep track of their health. They also see how they can maintain journals of what they eat and how they exercise. Veterans who are VA patients could receive an "upgraded account*" while at these events.
The National Program Office for My HealtheVet takes great pride in being a part of these wonderful events. My HealtheVet's goal is to help our Nations Heroes and their families gain and maintain good health. We take pride in providing our Veterans and their families' health information and self-management tools that help them keep active, healthy and strong.
*To upgrade your My HealtheVet VA account, you will need to go through Authentication. This is a process by which VA verifies a Veterans' identity before allowing access to their VA health record. Learn how to upgrade your account by visiting the authentication page at My HealtheVet.
- Track Health (My HealtheVet) allows a registered user to record and track their health information in one convenient location. You can record your screening tests and immunizations for reference plus record and monitor your blood pressure, body weight and more in the Vitals section. You can even see a graph of your progress. You can record your exercise routine and food intake in the Journals section. Using the Medical History logs, you can print out your entire record in a handy sheet. My HealtheVet provides dozens of way to manage your health care. Start tracking your health today!
- Research Health (My HealtheVet) is where you can get health information, research a topic, and simply learn more about your health. Read about common conditions and VA health programs. Get answers to your health questions from trusted medical resources.
- Healthy Living Centers (My HealtheVet) help Veterans take control of their health. Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (and Sleep) are the basics of health. Veterans often look for a sense of meaning and purpose. The Spirituality Center offers ideas and actions that give strength, courage, and hope. Ever try to quit smoking or tobacco? It can be very hard. The Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Center ensures Veterans do not do it alone. Changes in seasons can create trouble for Veterans and their families. The Emergency Preparedness Center helps Veterans protect against all types of hazards. Veterans learn how to get the most out of medications while keeping safe in the Medications: Play It Safe Center. As servicemembers move from active duty to civilian life, My HealtheVet, VA's Personal Health Record, provides information and services. The Separation from Active Duty Center encourages healthier behaviors that are doable and last. The Caregiver Assistance Center offers resources that help caregivers take better care of our Veterans-and themselves.
Updated/Reviewed: August 16, 2012