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VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System


Health Behaviors

Changing Behavior for Better Health

Did you know that you can prolong your life and improve your overall wellness simply by making small behavior changes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are four (4) health risk behaviors which are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Tobacco use
  • Drinking too much alcohol

Physical health problems like diabetes, obesity, pain, and high blood pressure can be negatively affected by stress, substance use, depression, and other unhealthy behaviors.

Talk to your PACT Team or Health Behavior Coordinator to find out more. Click here to learn more about how your PACT team works with other providers to coordinate your care: .

The Whole Health System and Well-Being

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Your PACT team wants you to be a partner with them in your health care. Your wellness depends not just on what your medical providers do for you, but your choices and what you do for yourself.

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There is help at the VA to help you make positive lifestyle and healthy behavior changes. The Preventive Care Program is designed so that you receive:

  • Comprehensive health education and information
  • Clinical preventive services
  • Coaching and resources in health behavior change
  • Support to help manage your health 

VA provides Complementary and Alternative Therapies to promote self-management of common health issues, including pain, anger, tobacco cessation, stress, and anxiety.

Here are a few of the complementary and alternative therapies offered by the VASNHS:

  • Biofeedback
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Reiki
  • Mantram Repetition

Talk to your PACT team about referral for these services. 


Dr. Lynn Ansher
Health Behavior Coordinator, HPDP Program
Southwest Primary Care Clinic

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