Veterans Can Now Schedule Appointments Online with Smartphones

Have you heard the good news? Veterans in many parts of the country are now able to use the new Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) App to request or schedule certain appointments online. VAR is a...

Get Checked: Recommended Screenings and Immunizations

As you get older, you are at greater risk for certain illnesses and diseases. While you can't prevent aging, you can help detect and prevent these illnesses and diseases early on. Screenings...

High Cholesterol and What it Means for You

Some Veterans may hear at their health care appointments that they have high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) that the body needs for many important functions, such as producing...

Difficulty Breathing? It Could be COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a combination of ongoing conditions that affect your lungs and breathing. These conditions can include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD can...

Alcohol Abuse: Getting Help Can be a Family Affair

Do you drink more than you should? Does someone in your family?

Both Veterans and their family members face many changes when returning or leaving the military. Many of these changes can...

Did You Know? Track Your Allergies in 'Health History'

Allergies can be uncomfortable to live with. A list of your seasonal allergies, food allergies and medication allergies can become a long list to manage. Luckily, My HealtheVet has a solution for...

Healthy Foods to Eat When You Have Irritable Bowel or Crohn's Disease

If you have Irritable Bowel or Crohn's disease, what you choose to eat can make you feel better or worse. When you have symptoms (belly pain, diarrhea, a lot of gas), choose foods that are...

Understanding High Blood Pressure: Risks and Control

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too strong. It is common ailment, and it is common for many Veterans to hear about...

Colon and Rectal Cancer: Have You Been Checked?

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon (bowel) or rectum. Most colorectal cancers start with a polyp. In many cases, colorectal cancer may not have any symptoms. It is often found...

Thinking About Your Drinking?

If you are of legal drinking age, going out with friends on special occasions for one or two adult beverages is perfectly acceptable. There are healthy limits when drinking alcohol, generally no...

When Sleeping Becomes Difficult, VA Can Help

March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Sleep is an important part of living a healthy, long life. Without it, serious health issue can develop.

Five Tips to Start a New Running Program this Spring

Warm weather arrives in March with the first day of Spring. For many Veterans, this is the best time to get outside and hit the ground running. My HealtheVet has five tips to help you put your best...

Do You Want Lower Risks? Try Smaller Portions!

Eating wisely can lead to living a long, healthy life. Eating the right types of foods and closely monitoring the amount you eat can also help prevent certain diseases, such as diabetes.

Don't Chew On This: Help for Quitting Smokeless Tobacco

The Great American Spit Out took place on February 23, but its message continues to resonate year round. Now is an excellent time to quit using smokeless tobacco. A 2014 survey of adults in the...

Good News: VA Lowers Most Medication Copayments

There's good news for many Veterans receiving prescriptions from VA. As of February 27, 2017, the regulations for copayments have changed. The cost to most Veterans for medications required on...

You Can Pay Your VA Bill Online: Fast, Easy, Secure

Veterans can pay the balance of their VA bills from the comfort of their own home: no more writing checks or driving to the local VA to make a payment. Pay.gov is a secure, free, fast and the...

Take a Step for Heart Health

February is Heart Month. It is a time we celebrate Valentine's Day. Cards are exchanged, flowers sent and candy given. February is also a time to take your health to heart. Each year, about...

Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider

Too often, you go to the Doctors and are put on one more pill. Ever stop and wonder, "What are all these pills for?" "What happens if you stop a pill or maybe add one extra?" In...

Strive For a Healthy Weight: Weight Management with MOVE!

Do you remember how good it felt being in shape after Basic Training? Plenty of Veterans do. If you've been feeling like normal activities are tough to get through, or your favorite pants...

How Busy is My HealtheVet? We've Got Your Numbers

When you use My HealtheVet, you're in good company. Veterans and caregivers use My HealtheVet to manage their health care, refill prescriptions, exchange Secure Messages and even learn about...