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Whole Health at Bay Pines: Everyone is Welcome.

The Whole Health model is a holistic look at the many areas of life that can affect your health — your work environment, relationships, diet, sleep patterns, and more. The approach starts with you thinking about your health in a new way. Envision what matters most to you in your life. What do you want your health for? What brings you joy and happiness?

What is Whole Health?
Whole Health recognizes you as a Whole person and not by your illnesses, injuries or disabilities.

Whole Health Circle

Whole Health System
The Whole Health System includes conventional treatment, but also focuses on self-empowerment, healing and self-care. The Whole Health System follows the powerful equation below:

Whole Health Equation

The Whole Health System is the current vision for the complementary and integrative health (CIH) integration in VA and includes three central components:

The Pathway Is EMPOWERING: We partner with you, as well as your family and community, to explore your mission, purpose, and aspirations that will guide the development of your personal health plan.

Well-Being Programs Are EQUIPPING: We work with you to build the skills and support you need to identify proactive, integrative health approaches and health coaching that will help you take charge of your health and well-being, prevent diseases, and live your life to the fullest.

Whole Health Clinical Care Is TREATING: You will work with your health team to continue to refine your personal health plan with traditional and complementary and integrative health approaches to support your health and to enhance your self-management strategies to strengthen your health.

Whole Health Coaching Our Whole Health coaches will collaborate with you in developing health and wellness goals. They are there to support you and your medical team.

Whole Health Coaching Process

How to start your Whole Health Journey in Bay Pines?

Dr V your whole health guide
Want to speak with a Whole Health Coach?   Call: 727-398-6661 Ext. 14662.

Want to speak with our Director (Dr. V)? Call: 727-398-6661 Ext. 14662.

Explore your values by filling out the Personal Health Inventory (PHI) or check out our monthly video updates posted on the VA YouTube Channel (Links available at our resources section )

The past year has been a challenging one for everyone. However, with all new challenges, come new opportunities to regroup and focus. Whole Health offers many opportunities to explore your values, address your goals, and to learn new skills. We are here to support you with new programs to help get you back on track.

Check out our Whole Health Program schedule for July - September 2021 to start your journey to living a Whole Health lifestyle. All sessions are currently held virtually (online). They are accessible to you in your home. We offer a great diversity of classes that are designed to fit your healthy living goals.

National Veteran Creative Arts Festival Local Competition

Calling all Veteran artists, writers, and performers! The 2021 Local Veterans Creative Arts Festival is coming and now is the time to select your entries and submit your forms! (Deadlines for submissions are in August and September - see here for more information).

The Veterans Creative Arts Festival is an opportunity for Veteran artists to showcase their artistic accomplishments while providing recognition of progress and recovery made through the creative arts. Entries submitted to the local competition are entered to compete for a gold medal and a chance to win an invitation to the annual national-level Veterans Creative Arts Festival, which will be held in St. Petersburg in 2022.

All Veterans enrolled for care at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System can submit entries for the following divisions: art, creative writing, dance, drama, and music.

For division rules and categories, and to enter, please use the following documents:

Art:  Division Rules  l  Entry Form
Creative Writing:   Division Rules l  Entry Form
Dance:  Division Rules  l  Entry Form
Drama:  Division Rules  l  Entry Form
Music:  Division Rules l  Entry Form

Veterans must also submit a Consent Form (VA Form 10-3203) when submitting their entry form(s). Only one consent form per Veteran required.

For more information about deadlines, drop-off dates and contact information, and other important reminders, please check out our feature story about our local competition. For questions, please contact Erin Todd at Erin.Todd@va.gov