New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
VISN 2: Veterans' Wellness, Summer 2014
|Build a Better You
Want to look better and feel your best? Try these tips!
You Are What You Eat
Feeling good about the way you look boosts your confidence levels. Part of looking good is making sure you eat the right foods and get the right nutrients. Here is nutritional advice you may not have heard before:
• Sweet potatoes, red bell peppers and leafy greens, rich in vitamin A, will help give you healthy hair, skin and nails.
• B vitamins have a host of benefits for your appearance. B-6 prevents dandruff. B-5 strengthens your hair and wards off premature grays. B-12 prevents hair loss. Eggs and fortified cereals are good sources of B vitamins.
• Dark chocolate is high in flavonols, which are believed to improve blood flow and protect skin from damage.
Let Your Smile Shine
A healthy smile is one of the best ways to seem approachable to others. To keep your smile healthy:
• Brush twice a day and floss daily.
• See your dentist once or twice a year. Some people visit the dentist only when they have a cavity. But regular checkups can save you money down the line. For example, a professional cleaning removes plaque that can cause cavities and other oral health problems. For help making dental care more affordable, take advantage of VA’s new comprehensive VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP). Visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip for
When you are comfortable with your weight, you feel more confident. To prevent putting on extra pounds, exercise on a daily basis. If something comes up, reschedule your workout. It can help to keep a pair of sneakers and some clean workout clothes in your car so that you’re always ready to exercise.
If you need help shedding pounds, TeleMOVE!, VA’s personalized weight-management program, can guide you. Complete the entry questionnaire at your VA primary care clinic or online at www.move.va.gov/Move11. If you do it online, make sure to write down the retrieval code. Then call 1-877-619-0106 and select Option 1. A care coordinator will guide you through the next steps.
Advancing Your Career
When you look your best, you do your best. Looking good and being prepared are the best first steps to take when applying for a new job or advancing within your current one. Looking for a new job? VA can help you bridge your military skills into civilian skills. For resources, visit www.ebenefits. va.gov/ebenefits/jobs and click on Employment Center.
Veterans Wellness Summer 2014 PDF
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