Patient Education/Patient Health Library Classes Offered - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Patient Education/Patient Health Library Classes Offered

Anticoagulation Clinic Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration
Arthritis Exercise Class Hearing Aid Orientation
Diabetes Basics Lighten Up! Nutrition Class
Diabetes Diet Class                  Mantram Repetition for Relaxation
Diabetes: Getting Started Anticoagulation Education: New Patient Teaching Class
Diabetes Prevention Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Patient and Family Education Series
E.D. Education Tobacco Cessation Groups
Gateway to Healthy Living Class Weight Control/MOVE! Program

Anticoagulation Clinic

Please contact the Anticoagulation Clinic as times vary by day
The Anticoagulation Clinic is a clinic for all patients taking warfarin. A consult by your primary care provider or any provider who has prescribed warfarin is required prior to being seen in the clinic.

Location:  Medical Center La Jolla, Area 2
Information/Registration: Call Nurse Case Manager (858) 642-1604 or 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) ext. 1604.  Ask your provider to submit a consult to the Anticoagulation Clinic.  When the consult has been submitted, please call the clinic for an appointment with the Nurse Case Manager.

Arthritis Exercise Class

Arthritis exercise class is an exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis that uses gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility, maintain/improve range of motion and to help maintain muscle strength. It can also be a starting exercise for those that have sedentary lifestyle, obese patients that wants to exercise. Most exercises are chair based, a few standing exercises are included and at the end of the exercise a relaxation technique. The educational component provides basic principles of exercise, joint protection, tips on stress management, pain and how to make exercise a daily routine. Participants love the socialization component, the feeling of camaraderie, a form to verbalize issues, or accomplishments, sharing hobbies/sports etc.

In order to benefit from the class, participants must attend at least 8 sessions.

Location: Medical Center La Jolla – Patient Education Classroom (Mondays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm) and Mission Valley Clinic in the Primary Care Conference Room (Tuesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm )
Information/Registration: Consult by Primary Care Provider or rheumatology clinic to Arthritis Exercise program

Diabetes Basics

This class covers important topics for self-management in a 4-hour class:   diet, exercise, monitoring, medications, healthy coping, avoiding complications.

Medical Center La Jolla, Patient Classroom on 1 East, Room #1493
2nd Monday of the month, 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

Oceanside Outpatient Clinic
4th Thursday of the month, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mission Valley Outpatient Clinic
1st Wednesday of the month, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Information/Registration:  Walk-in, no consult needed

Diabetes Diet Class

This class is taught by a registered dietitian who teaches you what foods to eat and how much, menu planning, grocery shopping, eating out, weight control.

Mission Valley Outpatient Clinic
3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Chula Vista Outpatient Clinic
1st Monday of the month, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or
3rd Monday of the month, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  Walk-in, no consult needed

Diabetes: Getting Started

This class is an introduction to diabetes for patients who are newly diagnosed.  Introduces information about diagnosis, medications, diet, exercise, and other diabetes resources in a 1-hour class

Chula Vista Outpatient Clinic
4th Wednesday of the month, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Glucose Meter Training session follows, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Imperial Valley Outpatient Clinic and Escondido Outpatient Clinic (via Tele-Health connection)
4th Wednesday of the month, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Information/Registration: Walk-in, no consult needed

Diabetes Prevention

Offers information about diet and exercise – key elements that are proven to prevent progression to diabetes.

Medical Center La Jolla, Patient Classroom on 1 East, Room #1493
3rd Monday of the month, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mission Valley Outpatient Clinic
1st Friday of the month, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Oceanside Outpatient Clinic
1st Monday of the month, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Year-long Diabetes Prevention Program, 26 sessions:
Medical Center La Jolla, Patient Classroom on 1 East, Room #1493
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (dates are variable)

Information/Registration: Ask your primary care provider to enroll you in the program by sending a consult to “Diabetes Education (858) 552-8585, x7245 or Toll-Free: 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) – x7245

E.D. Education

This class is designed to discuss treatment options available at the VA San Diego for Erectile Dysfunction, also known as impotence.  Spouses of patients are welcome.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. every Friday morning

Location:  Medical Center La Jolla, 1st Floor Patient Education Classroom (Room 1493)
Information/Registration:  Ask your provider to enroll you in the class by sending a consult to “Urology Outpatient.”

Gateway to Healthy Living Class

This drop-in, one-time, 90-minute class can help patients identify goals and enhance motivation and success in making healthy lifestyle changes. Changes can include managing stress, quitting tobacco, exercise or other health goals.   Gateway aims to help patients clarify their personal goals and connect with VA and community resources to ensure success.  Patients who attend can also receive follow-up telephone support from our Gateway Team, if desired.  Walk-in patients welcome, no referral required. 

10:00 a.m. -  11:30 a.m., 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month

Locations:  Medical Center La Jolla, Patient Education Classroom on 1 East, Room #1493
Information/Registration:  For information, please call (858) 552-8585 x5501 or Toll-Free: 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) x5501

Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration

Looking for new recipes?  Want to learn how to make a healthier version of a recipe you already know?  Come to our cooking demonstration!  Every month we prepare 2-3 recipes in front of a live Veteran audience.  You’ll learn ways to make healthy food taste good and you get to sample the food at the end of the demonstration.  Each month has a different theme and different recipes.

9:30-11:00 am, 4th Tuesday of the month

Locations:   Medical Center La Jolla
                  1st Floor Patient Education Classroom (Room 1493)
Cooking demonstrations are also offered at Mission Valley and Oceanside locations in conjunction with the Lighten Up class.  Please check with those clinics for days/times.

Information/Registration:  No consult necessary, just call the call center to schedule (858) 552-7475 or Toll-Free: 1-800-331-8387 (VETS).  Walk-ins are also welcome.

Hearing Aid Orientation

This class is required for Veterans who are issued a hearing aid through the VA.   Attendance is strongly encouraged for anyone who has a hearing loss, or has difficulty communicating with a person with hearing loss.  Family members are welcome.  Topics include:

  • Use, care and maintenance of your hearing aid
  • Realistic expectations for hearing aid use
  • Aids to communication
  • Dealing with difficult listening situations
  • Speech reading/ Clear speech techniques
  • Using your hearing aid with the telephone

*Please contact Audiology Department for dates and times as they may vary.
 10:00- 11:00 a.m. every Thursday

Location:  Medical Center La Jolla, 1st Floor Patient Education Classroom (Room 1493)
Information/Registration: Audiology is a Direct Schedule clinic within the VA.  No consult is required.  If you believe you may have a hearing loss or may benefit from a hearing aid, contact Audiology directly at (858) 642-8585 x7564 or Toll Free: 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) x7564.

Lighten Up! Nutrition Class

La Jolla – 9:30-11:30 a.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month
Mission Valley – 10:00 a.m. - noon, 4th Wednesday of the month
Chula Vista – 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month
Oceanside – 10:00 a.m. - noon, 3rd Thursday of the month

This class covers the basic principles of successful weight control.  It includes information on behavior modification techniques such as maintaining a food and activity diary/weight chart, and setting realistic goals.  The importance of healthy food choices and regular exercise (as approved by the primary care provider) are emphasized.

Locations:   Medical Center La Jolla 
                  1st Floor Patient Education Classroom (Room 1493)
                  Days and times of class are different at each location.
                  Mission Valley, Chula Vista, and Oceanside Clinics

Information/Registration:  No consult necessary, just call center to schedule (858) 552-7475 or Toll-Free: 1-800-331-8387 (VETS).

Mantram Repetition for Relaxation

This program teaches mantram repetition for clear mindedness and symptom management.  A mantram (mantra) is a word or phrase (sometimes spiritual) chosen by the participant.  The course consists of 8 consecutive weekly meetings, 1½ hours per week.

This program is for patients who:

  • want to improve their ability to cope with daily hassles of ordinary life
  • are in recovery from drugs/alcohol use
  • are suffering from a chronic or life-threatening illness (such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, HIV/AIDS)
  • want to learn to rapidly shift focus off of something you don’t want to focus on, and on to something you do want to focus on
  • have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, hypertension, cancer, HIV/AIDS)

This program is NOT for patients who:

  • are currently abusing drugs/alcohol
  • have psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or feeling paranoid
  • have a diagnosis of dementia or severe loss of memory
  • are looking for a “quick fix” and don’t really want to change

Please Note: Veterans who are Priority Group 7 (Category C) will be billed their usual co-pay amount for classes.

Location:  Medical Center La Jolla, 1st floor, Patient Education Classroom (Room 1493)
Information/Registration:  Pre-registration is required. Call to register and for class schedules: (858) 642-3443 or 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) ext 3443

The program is run 4 times a year, voicemail is not monitored unless there is an open enrollment cycle.

Anticoagulation Education: New Patient Teaching Class

This is a one-time class required for all patients with newly prescribed anticoagulant therapy (warfarin) or patients new to the VA San Diego anticoagulation clinic. Patients enrolled in the clinic who are on warfarin are encouraged to attend a class as a refresher course as needed. The class is designed to increase patients’ knowledge of warfarin and clinic routines/policies. The class offers information about the safe and effective use of warfarin, blood values (INR), health/medical considerations when taking the medication, including behaviors/activities that can increase the risk of bleeding.

Location: Medical Center La Jolla, Area 2
Information/Registration: Nurse Case Manager: (858) 642-1604 or 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) ext. 1604, ext. 1607

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Patient and Family Education Series

This series of SCI classes is designed to help spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D) Veterans and their families to learn about caring for themselves and becoming active in the community. The classes are mandatory for all newly injured or rehabilitating SCI inpatients, and are highly encouraged for their family members and other SCI/D patients. The classes are also open to the SCI/D community-at-large. All classes are open to any VASDHS outpatients, their family members and personal care attendants.

Location:  Medical Center La Jolla, SCI Center Conference Room (Room 1B123)
Information/Registration:  Call (858) 552-7453 or 1-800-331-VETS (8387) ext. 7453, for future class schedules or for more information

Tobacco Cessation Groups

These groups are for all Veterans interested in quitting tobacco use.  Veterans will receive counseling, support and tobacco cessation medications for quitting tobacco use.

  • Meet weekly for 60 minutes
  • You can start attending at any time
  • You will receive counseling on behavior change, support and medications to help you stop using tobacco
  • These are drop-in groups: No referral or appointment is needed
  • Check-in and make appointment when you arrive.
  • There is no co-pay for attending tobacco cessation treatment

VA Mission Valley Clinic
Every Tuesday 1:00-2:00 pm, second floor, Room 2141
Check in at mental health clinic window

VA Oceanside Clinic
Every Monday, 1:00–2:00 pm, Oceanside, 2nd floor, Conference Room A.
Check in at blue primary care clinic desk

San Diego VA Medical Center
Every Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, La Jolla 2-North, Room 2436.
Check in at mental health clinic window (2-North)

More Information/Questions? Call Dr. Mark Myers, 858-642-3436

Pharmacy Telephone Tobacco Cessation Clinic

The Pharmacy Telephone Clinic provides telephone counseling and medications for quitting tobacco use.  To enroll call 1-800-331-8387 x3903 or 858-642-3903

Weight Control/MOVE! Program

National Comprehensive Weight Management Program established for veterans with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater (ask primary care provider for confirmation). Eligible veterans seeking assistance with weight loss and/or improving their health status may benefit from:

New Patient Orientation
  • Required for new or patients who have not participated for 2 years
  • La Jolla, Mission Valley, Oceanside, Chula Vista, El Centro

Education Options (after completion of orientation):

  • 8-week MOVE classes (La Jolla, Mission Valley & Oceanside) or
  • Diabetes MOVE classes (La Jolla) or
  • Flexible once/month Weight Control Education (Chula Vista only) or
  • 90-day TeleMOVE At-Home Weight Loss Program (Telehealth services)

Program Focus:

  • Health and wellness for healthy eating, physical activity and behavior change
  • Self-management tools provided
  • Setting SMART achievable goals

Information/Registration: Now accepting Self-Referrals. Call 858-552-8585 X 4360 for an Orientation Appointment.

*A Referral from your Primary Care Provider is Required for any of the following:

  • Requesting onsite El Centro orientation via TeleConferencing
  • Active or recent history of alcohol or substance use
  • Hospitalization within last 30 days
  • History of weight loss surgery

Weight Control Support Groups:

This group is for graduates of the MOVE! Program for weight maintenance and support.

2nd and 4th Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 pm
Location:  Medical Center La Jolla, 1st floor, Patient Education Classroom (Room 1493)


1st Monday, 2:30-3:30
Location: Mission Valley CBOC, 8810 Rio San Diego Drive, 2nd floor, Primary Care Classroom
Information/Registration:   Appointments are required for the Weight Control Support Group. Participation is limited to one year.  To schedule call: (858) 552-8585, ext. 4360 or 1-800-331-8387 (VETS) ext. 4360