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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

 

Health & Wellness Programs

We offer a variety of programs to support your health and wellness goals.
Click on each topic to see a description of current programs.

Live Healthy

All About Advanced Directives

Have you thought about what medical treatments you want in the event you can’t make decisions for yourself? Advance Directives are the best way to make sure your medical wishes are respected. Come to this one-hour class hosted by Social Work to work through your plan.

Dates and Times:
San Jose - last Friday of the month, 10-11am;
Palo Alto - 3rd Friday of the month, 12 noon to 1pm;
Livermore - by request only;
Stockton - Weekly on Friday, 9:40 - 11am;
Modesto - Weekly on Wednesday, 2:30pm.

Anticoagulation Patient Education Class

Are you taking anticoagulation medications? Do you want to know more about what they are and what to expect while you are taking them? This one-hour class taught by a pharmacist will answer all of your questions.

Dates and Times:
Currently teaching in Palo Alto. Talk to your PACT Team or Pharmacist to schedule.

Better Choices, Better Health

If you are living with a chronic condition, this peer-led workshop can help you take back control of your life. These Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops (Stanford developed) meet for 2.5 hours every week for six weeks. Learn important self-management skills, set goals that matter, and identify ways to solve problems. This workshop is offered at multiple sites.

Call (650) 493-5000 x69273 for more information; have your primary care team put in a referral for your class scheduling. Once the referral is placed, clinic staff will call to schedule for a class date.

Complimentary Alternative Medicine Presentation Series

Learn about yoga, tai chi, acupuncture and other alternative therapies to help you manage conditions and become healthier. This information class about resources at the VA and in the community meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1pm in Bldg. 7C (Temporary Building) at Palo Alto.

Diabetes Basics

Whether you are just beginning to manage your diabetes or are seeking a refresher, join this two-part class to learn helpful ways to manage day-to-day issues and control your diabetes. Discuss helpful steps you can personally take and get your questions answered.

Call 1-800-455-0057 to schedule today, or talk to your primary care team at your next appointment to schedule in clinic.

Dates and Times:
Every first Friday, 1:30 - 3pm, in all clinics except Menlo Park and Livermore at this time. Talk with your Primary Care Team for assistance, or call 1-800-455-0057 to self-schedule.

Diabetes Nutrition and Medication

When you have diabetes, keeping your blood glucose (sugar) in control can be challenging. This class focuses on the skills and information you need to manage your diabetes every day. Focusing on healthy eating and medicines, the class will help you develop a personal plan to better manage life with diabetes.

Dates and Times:
Every third Friday, 1:30 - 3pm, in all clinics except Menlo Park and Livermore at this time. Talk with your Primary Care Team for assistance, or call 1-800-455-0057 to self-schedule.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension Shared Medical Appointment)

Join with other Veterans and a supportive healthcare team as you set lifestyle goals and lower your blood pressure. Meet every other week for six sessions. A variety of specialists will meet at different sessions, including a doctor, psychologist, registered nurse, pharmacist, nutritionist, and more.

Dates and Times:
Offered at Palo Alto 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm.

Introduction to Pain Management

Coping with chronic pain can be stressful. Join with peers and health care specialists to find ways to better manage your pain.

Dates and Times:
Offered at Palo Alto quarterly on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 1-2:30pm.

Pain Management - Take Charge of Your Pain!

Coping with chronic pain can be stressful. Join with peers and health care specialists to find ways to better manage your pain. After attending the Take Charge of Your Pain! introductory class, you may wish to continue with a shared medical appointment or a Cognitive Behavior Therapy Group.

Offered in Palo Alto and San Jose sites. Talk with your Primary Care Team for a referral to be scheduled into the class.

Pain Management - Women Living Well with Chronic Pain

Are you a woman living with pain? Do you want to live better with your pain? This weekly class brings together women with chronic pain to learn, discuss and explore treatment to manage pain. Groups are held in a supportive, women-only environment.

To join, talk with your Primary Care Team for a referral to be scheduled into the class.

Dates and Times:
Offered at Palo Alto every 3rd Friday of the month, 10-11am.

Tobacco Cessation - Stop the Tobacco Habit

Interested in quitting tobacco? Whether you smoke or chew tobacco, find support to stop to improve your health. Learn to manage triggers, cope with urges and develop your own quit plan. You will get information about medications, and prescriptions may be arranged. Individual or group follow-up is available.

A “Tobacco Cessation” referral is required to join the groups below. Talk to your health team about getting one today.

Palo Alto
Call (650) 493-5000 X67004 and leave a message. Someone will contact you to schedule a new patient session. New patients meet most Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. Follow-up sessions are Wednesday 9:00 to 10:30am.

San Jose Clinic
Call (408) 363-3000 x73037 and leave a message. Someone will contact you to schedule a new patient session. New patients meet Fridays at 2:00PM. Follow-up sessions are Fridays at 3:00PM.

Stockton
Call (209)946-3407 and leave a message. Someone will contact you to schedule a new patient session. New patients meet on Thursday at 11:00AM. Follow-up sessions are Thursdays at 10:00AM.

Tobacco Cessation - TeleQuit

Want to quit but don’t want to come in to a clinic to do it? TeleQuit is a telephone-based quit strategy that helps Veterans get Nicotine Replacement Products and telephone counseling. Call 650-493-5000 x60557 Monday through Friday, 8am-430pm, for consultation with the VA TeleQuit providers for Nicotine Replacement Products. Tele-Quit providers will give you a prescription for NRT from the VA for free.

Counseling for this program will be provided by phone through California Smoker’s Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS or 1-800-662-8887).

Weight Loss - Intro to MOVE!

Are you interested in losing weight? Have you heard about MOVE!? Want to learn more about the MOVE Program? Come join us for this introduction class. This one hour class will give you all the information you need about the MOVE! Program and what might work for you.

Class is given to all sites via VTEL. Talk with your Primary Care Team for assistance, or call 1-800-455-0057 to self-schedule.

Dates and Times:
Class is given to all sites via VTEL on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2:30 - 3:30pm. Talk with your Primary Care Team for assistance, or call 1-800-455-0057 to self-schedule.

Weight Loss - MOVE Program!

MOVE! is an integrated program that provides Veterans who are overweight with coaching, education and support during their weight loss journey. See below for a class near you.

Dates and Times:
San Jose: MOVE! Healthy Living (Open Enrollment) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday, 10:30-11:45am (in Clinic), 4th Tuesday of the month 10-11:30am (via VTEL)
Palo Alto + VTEL: Be Active and MOVE! with Physical Therapy, 8-week class, Thursdays, 11-12pm

Mind and Spirit

Drop-in Tai Chi

Do you currently practice Tai Chi, or would you like to try it? Tai Chi is a meditative and fluid movement exercise best known for improving balance, strength and flexibility.

Come to these drop-in groups in Monterey on Mondays at 11:15am, and Fridays at 12:00pm in the clinic garden. They are offered in San Jose on Tuesdays at 11:30am - 12:30pm in room D-107.

Point of Contact (Monterey): Tom Hawkinson, RN
San Jose: Cindy Bourdon, MOVE! Health Coach

Yoga For Women

Yoga is the ancient practice that combines breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures that are used for health and relaxation. Drop in for a Women’s Only group to try or practice.

Classes are offered weekly on Tuesdays in Palo Alto in Bldg. 5, Room A-431 at 2pm.

Talk with your Primary Care Team to assist with schedule for the class.

Chair Yoga

Have you ever been interested in yoga but don’t know if you can balance for long? Drop in for Chair Yoga! This yoga style uses chairs and other props to adapt yoga postures for all ages and abilities.

Classes are offered weekly on Mondays in all clinics via V-Tel, and at Palo Alto in person in Bldg. 4 Room C-260 at 3pm.

Talk with your Primary Care Team to assist with schedule for the class.

Eat Wisely

Healthy Eating Nutrition Class

This is a dietician-led class that reviews healthy nutrition choices, specifically covering the principles of a heart healthy diet, reading food labels, and general nutrition education. Class is offered at most clinic locations. See below for specific class times and locations. Contact 1-800-492-5000 ext. 66777, ask for a consult to the Nutrition Education Group for your desired clinic location. (*Needs RG/LF Consultation*)

Dates and Times:
Livermore: Mondays at 10:30am
Fremont: Every other Monday at 10:30am
Stockton: Monday and Tuesday at 10am
Modesto and Sonora: Friday at 10am
San Jose: Mondays at 10:30am and 1pm
Monterey: Thursday at 11am
Palo Alto: Mondays at 10am

Healthy Teaching Kitchen

Learn how to cook simple, healthy meals at home. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and take home easy recipes. Attend monthly demonstrations on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 12:30pm, from November through March at the Palo Alto Campus Patriot Café. From April through October, cooking demonstrations will be held on the 3rd Wednesday at 12:30pm at the Farmers Market, 3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto. During the year there will also be demonstrations at the community based outpatient clinics. Ask to speak with a local dietician for more information.

Palo Alto Farmers Market

Fresh fruit and vegetables come to the Palo Alto campus every Wednesday from April to November. Local growers and artisans sell a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food items to staff and Veterans. Farmers Market hours are from 9:30am - 1:00pm.

The Farmers Market will start Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Be Active

Core Fitness

Join a dynamic fitness class to work your whole body. This is a general fitness class where instructors pace exercises to meet you at your fitness level. This class is offered twice a week at the Menlo Park Welcome Center at 4pm. Please ask your provider for a Recreational Therapy Consult for “Core Fitness”. Please call the Welcome Center at 650-493-5000 Press 1, ext. 20200 for specific dates.

CrossFit

Ready for an intense fat burning, muscle toning, and strength training program? Join a popular Cross Fit program just for Veterans. Please ask your provider for a “Cross Fit” referral for Recreational Therapy. Separate classes are offered for men and women. Please call the Welcome Center at 650-493-5000 Press 1, ext. 20200 for specific dates and times.

Enjoy the Pool

Pool Fitness can be a great way to get active without putting too much pressure on your body. There are pools located on the Palo Alto and Menlo Park campuses. Enjoy water therapy classes or open swim time. Visit our Aquatic Fitness page for specific information regarding pool usage times and classes.

Menlo Park Welcome Center

Come join us where the community and the health care system meet! The Menlo Park Wellness Center is a great source for active programs that keep Veterans connected to each other and the community. Call 650-493-5000 ext. 65601 or ext. 22869 for the most up-to-date schedule, or visit and check out the facility for yourself. Directions to Welcome Center

Mobility and Stretch

Enjoy a gentle fitness class for greater movement. We will use foam rollers and guided stretches. Please ask your provider for a Recreation Therapy Consult for “Mobility and Stretch”. If you have questions, or would like more information, please call the Welcome Center at 650-493-5000 Press 1, ext. 20200.

Workout of the Day

Enjoy a fitness class for all levels and ages. A variety of exercises that change daily will keep you moving. Each workout will meet you at your level of fitness. For more information, please contact Jessica Kellogg at 650-493-5000 x22697.

Contact

Rosemary Gill
Veterans Health Education Coordinator
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304
650-493-5000 Ext. 62535
rosemary.gill@va.gov

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