Secretary Robert McDonald delivers remarks during AMVETS National Conference in Memphis, TN
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that primary care has been added to the services available to Veterans through VA's Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program. Eligible Veterans are already able to access inpatient specialty care, outpatient specialty care, mental health care, limited emergency care and limited newborn care for female Veterans following childbirth under PC3.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:00:38 +0000
VA’s Nutrition clinics are one place where Veterans can find information about healthy eating. Kate Bennett, a dietetic intern and graduate student at the University of Florida, is currently completing a wellness rotation with Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida, and provides the following perspective on a vegetarian diet.
It’s likely that you’ve known or met someone in your life who is a vegetarian. The vegetarian diet has been around for a while and is becoming more and more popular due to research on the benefits of this diet. Even the idea of following a diet more closely related to the vegetarian diet is popping up in the minds of meat-eating adults across the country, due to the diet’s researched health benefits. According to a recent poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 47 percent of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal per week.
The term “vegetarian” usually refers to an individual who does not eat meat, fish or poultry and relies only on plant-based foods for his or her diet. A well-structured vegetarian diet is high in fruits, vegetables and plant-based protein sources like beans, nuts and soy products. There are multiple types of vegetarians with various limits set for what they will and will not eat, including:
There are many reasons why individuals may choose a vegetarian diet. These may include personal preference, cultural and religious beliefs, health concerns or environmental concerns.
As more people have started to practice a vegetarian diet, more research has been done on how choosing to eat a plant-based diet can affect health. A recent study conducted at Loma Linda University researched the connections between vegetarian dietary patterns and death in more than 73,000 Seventh-day Adventist men and women. The results showed that the vegetarians – including vegans, lacto-vegetarians, pescatarians and semi-vegetarians – were 12 percent less likely to die from all causes compared to non-vegetarians. Specifically, people on a vegetarian diet had a lower rate of death due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and kidney disorders.
The Centers for Disease Control has stated that consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, vegetarian eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes, including lower levels of obesity, reduced risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure. Vegetarians also tend to consume fewer calories from fat and get more fiber, potassium and vitamin C in their diets than non-vegetarians.
So what should you do if you’re considering switching to a vegetarian or vegetarian-based diet? Use the following tips to incorporate some aspects of the vegetarian diet into your life.
For more information about healthy eating, contact your local VA Nutrition clinic, or your MOVE!® or TeleMOVE!® Weight Management Program coordinator.