Whole Health - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Whole Health

Whole health goes beyond illness, injuries and disabilities. 

Whole health focuses on health and well-being and includes self-care and complementary therapies (such as acupuncture and yoga), along with your medical care. It is an approach to healthcare that empowers and enables YOU to take charge of your health and well-being. Living life fully and optimizing health and well-being goes beyond not being sick; it means understanding what matters to you and looking at all aspects in life that contribute to a sense of well-being. 

Whole Health Wheel listing the eight areas of Whole Health        

The eight areas of whole health seen in the image above are:

  • Eating Wisely
  • Being Physically Active
  • Feel Spiritually Connected
  • Limiting Alcohol and being Tobacco Free
  • Investing in Meaningful Activity
  • Managing Stress and Feel Rested
  • Having Supportive Relationships
  • Being Involved in your Healthcare

Self-care is often the most important factor in living a healthy life, which in turn allows you to live your life fully, in the ways that matter to you. Self-care includes all the choices you make on a daily basis that affect your physical, mental, and spiritual health. In fact, how you take care of yourself will have a greater impact on your health and well-being than the medical care you receive.

Evidence shows that each of these eight areas of whole healthcontributes a great deal to your overall health and well-being. They can also affect your chances for developing diseases as well as the seriousness of that disease. Consider your values, lifestyle, habits, and motivations in each area. Taking stock of where you are now and where you want to be in each of these areas is the first step in living a healthier life.




Contact Info


  • Cincinnati VAMC
    1st Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-861-3100 Ext. 4881
  • 513-861-3100 Ext. 5343

Hours of Operation

  • 8 am to 4 pm