Healthy Living - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Healthy Living

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Program

"Keeping Veterans Well and Well-Informed"

VA San Diego Healthcare System is committed to providing the highest quality health care.  Our Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Program provides Veterans with comprehensive health education, clinical services and support to enhance their health, well-being, and quality of life.  The HPDP Program works closely with the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) and provides resources to support Veterans and clinical staff to address health promotion and disease prevention needs and interests.

Gateway to Healthy Living Class

This is a one-time, 90-minute class that 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.  This is a program developed by the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), which aims to help patients to clarify their personal goals and connect with the VA and community resources to ensure success.  Patients who attend can also receive follow-up telephone support if desired. 

The Gateway to Healthy Living classes are offered every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 10:00 - 11:30 am, at the San Diego VA Medical Center, 1st Floor, Patient Education Room 1493.  Walk-ins are welcome, no referral required.

For more information, please call (858) 552-8585 ext 5501 or x5507.

Healthy Living Messages

To help you live longer and healthier, we encourage you to follow these nine Healthy Living Messages:

female doctor talking to a patient Be Involved in Your Health Care.  There are many ways to take an active role.  Work with your health care team to improve your health. Check out My HealtheVet.
calendar with date circled in red Be Tobacco Free.  Don’t use tobacco in any form.  If you are using tobacco, the VA can help you quit.  Avoid second hand smoke.
fruit stand Eat Wisely.  Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  It is important to include fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products in your diet, and limit total salt, fat, sugar, and alcohol.
man and woman walking Be Physically Active.  Avoid inactivity. Some activity is better than none.  Aim for at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.  Every 10 minute session counts.
scale and tape measure Strive for a Healthy Weight.  If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help.   If you are of normal weight, maintain it.  Staying in control of your weight helps you be healthy now and in the future.
hand over a glass of alcohol drink Limit Alcohol.  If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation.  If you are concerned about your drinking, talk to your VA health care team about getting help.
female getting her blood pressure check Get Recommended Screenings and Immunizations.  Find out which vaccines, screening tests and preventive medications are right for you!
happy couple Manage Stress.  Pay attention to stress.  Tools are available to help you manage and reduce your stress.
couple smiling in car Be Safe: Think ahead.  There are actions you can take to protect yourself and those you love from harm.  Common safety issues are sexually transmitted infections, falls, and motor vehicle collisions.

For more information, please call:

Asha Singh-Rao
HPDP Program Manager
(858) 552-8585 x2201

MOVE! Weight Management Program

MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (NCP),  a part of the Office of Patient Care Services, to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.  For more information about VA San Diego's MOVE! Program, please call (858) 552-8585 ext. 2794. 

Tobacco Cessation Program

The Tobacco Cessation Program is designed to help Veterans to stop tobacco use.  Services include consistent screening for tobacco use during primary care visits and a wide variety of clinical programs that range from individual counseling to participation in evidence-based smoking cessation specialty clinical programs.  Please check out VA San Diego's Tobacco Cessation Program or call (858) 642-3436, for more information.

Contact Info


  • San Diego VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 858-552-8585 Ext. 2395

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.