9 Healthy Living Messages


The VA is now adding a new twist to its approach to patient health care. We are now focusing more on preventing disease and keeping our country’s Veterans healthy. The foundation for doing this is “The 9 Healthy Living Messages”. Our goal is to have these messages integrated into all the health care services the VA provides. The VA believes every Veteran deserves a lifetime of being as healthy as they can possibly be. Below are the messages, and the steps you can take to partner with the VA to help keep you healthy. At your next appointment, ask your health care team to help you identify ways you can improve your health.

Be Involved In Your Health Care -Take an active role -Work with your health care team to improve your health.

Be Tobacco Free -Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health -Don’t use tobacco in any form.

Eat Wisely -Eat a variety of foods including fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains -Limit salt, fat, sugar and alcohol.

Be Physically Active -Avoid inactivity -Aim for at least 2 ½ hours of aerobic activity each week.

Strive for a Healthy Weight -If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help -If you are normal weight, congratulations, maintain it.

Limit Alcohol -If you choose to drink, limit to no more than 1 drink a day for women, 2 drinks a day for men -Avoid “binge drinking”.

Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations -Recommendations for screening tests depend on your age, gender, health status and family history -Ask which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you.

Manage Stress -Learn how to recognize stress and pay attention to stress -Learn ways to help you manage and reduce 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.

Resources for Healthy Living

Health Education at the San Diego VA Health care

Patient Resource Center
1st Floor, Room 1493 D

Health & wellness information is available at the Patient Education Resource Center located at the VA Medical Center La Jolla. The center offers Veterans Health Education Classes and a Patient Health Library for Veteran patients, their family members, and staff.

YMCA of San Diego County​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Program focuses on three key areas: nurturing the potential of kids, helping people live healthier, and supporting our neighbors are fundamental to strengthening communities.

  • YMCA Military Initiative
  • In honor of all that you do for our country, the YMCA wants to honor you. Join the Y and we will:
  • Waive your joining fee
  • Give you 20% off of your monthly membership dues
  • As a family member of the YMCA, children included will receive Family Member pricing for programs!
  • If 20% off is not enough support you may apply for our financial assistance program.
  • Who Qualifies
  • All armed service members (Active, Retired, Reservist, National Guard)
  • Bring your Military ID to Qualify

(858)-292-YMCA (9622)