Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Your health care team is committed to educating you about your health and keeping you informed so that you become proactive in preventing disease and maintaining good health. We are committed to raising the awareness of healthy behaviors and encouraging and supporting Veterans in their efforts to adopt healthy lifestyles. To facilitate this, nine “Healthy Living” messages were developed:
- Be Physically Active
- Eat Wisely
- Strive for a Healthy Weight
- Get Recommended Screening Tests & Immunizations
- Be Involved in Your Health Care
- Be Tobacco Free
- Limit Alcohol
- Manage Stress
- Be Safe
MOVE! is the national VA Weight Management Program that focuses on healthy lifestyle changes by eating right and exercising regularly. There are several program options available:
- Individual nutrition counseling
- Group counseling
- Exercise classes
The MOVE! Program is designed to meet the individual needs of each Veteran, and there are no copays for the program.
Tobacco harms nearly every organ of the body, and causes one in five deaths in the United States alone. To help Veterans quit tobacco use, Clarksburg VA offers: Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Individual Counseling Initial visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am with follow ups available daily at Noon, and Tobacco Cessation Groups on Wednesday’s at 9am. Please consult with your provider and take the first step toward quitting today.
Stay Quit Coach is a mobile phone app designed to help with quitting smoking. It is intended to serve as a source of readily available support and information for adults who are already in treatment to quit smoking - - to help them stay quit even after treatment ends. The app guides users in creating a tailored plan that takes into account their personal reasons for quitting. It provides information about smoking and quitting, interactive tools to help users cope with urges to smoke, and motivational messages and support contacts to help users stay smoke-free.
SmokefreeVET is a new mobile text messaging service available to Veterans quitting smoking. This text messaging program is designed to provide 24/7 support, tips, and encouragement to Veterans interested in quitting smoking. SmokefreeVET is a collaboration between VHA Tobacco & Health and the National Cancer Institute’s Tobacco Control Research Branch. SmokefreeVET is based on NCI’s text message smoking cessation program, which has a proven track record of success: after one month, 17% of NCI’s text program users reported that they had quit smoking and 11% were able to stay quit through 6 months.
Veterans can sign up for the program by:
- Texting VET to IQUIT (47848) from their mobile phone
- Visiting www.smokefree.gov/VET