VA Bedford Healthcare System
Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP)
Veterans Health Administration Mission
“Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.”
Bedford VAMC is committed to helping Veterans choose healthy behaviors to improve and maintain their health. Our local Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Resource Guide offers information on the rich resources available to Veterans at the Bedford VAMC as well as a sampling of resources in the community.
The Veterans Health Administration has developed nine “healthy living messages” to guide Veterans in their health improvement efforts. We support Veterans in their focus on key prevention areas as follows:
• Be Involved in Your Health Care
• Be Tobacco Free
• Eat Wisely
• Be Physically Active
• Strive for healthy Weight
• Limit Alcohol
• Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations
• Manage Stress
• Be Safe
See Also: http://www.prevention.va.gov
Tobacco Free: An Important Choice for Better Health—If you're a smoker, you've probably thought about quitting at some point. Read more...
Eat Wisely: What's on Your Plate?
When you're young, you don't have to worry much about what or how much you eat. But as you age, things change. Overeating and unhealthy eating can lead to weight gain and health problems. Poor diet can also increase your risk for obesity, heart disease, and some cancers.
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Managing Your Weight
Physical Activity: A Little Goes A Long Way
If you have a hard time getting more physical activity, you're not alone. One report estimated that less than half of all Americans get the amount of physical activity recommended by the government! With all of life's demands, it may seem like being more physically active is impossible...and maybe not worth the effort and time. Read more...
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Learn about common infections in women and steps you can take to help prevent infection and keep healthy.
Press Release: VA Offers a New Tool to Help Veterans Prevent Diabetes
The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the implementation of a pilot version of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a program being promoted nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aimed at reducing the number of Veterans who develop diabetes. Read more...
In the Spotlight—MyHealtheVet
Quit Tobacco: New Website
The "QUIT TOBACCO—make everyone proud" (http://www.ucanquit2.org/ *) Website is now available to Veterans through a VA partnership with the Department of Defense/TRICARE. This site is targeted to meet the needs of younger Active Military and Veteran populations by providing online tools to quit tobacco use, such as live chat services, personalized quit plans, and other interactive support systems. The convenience of a 24 hour/7 day a week availability can help meet the needs of Veterans balancing the challenges of readjustment to home, work, and family while also trying to quit tobacco use. From the homepage of the website, Veterans who are enrolled for care in VA can access information tailored for them by clicking on the section "VA Veterans."
- Primary_Care 11A, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730
Hours of Operation
- 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.