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For Clinicians

NCP: Healthy Living Matters. Prevention Works.

This website provides healthcare resources for clinicians and others in healthcare.

On the site, you will find information for use in your practice and corresponding information for Veterans and the public. Links to other VA program offices and programs are also provided. Information specific to VHA is located on the NCP intranet website.

Be Physically Active May 2021



Are you getting the recommended amount
of physical activity each week?

All Monthly Prevention Topics include patient handouts to download and useful websites. Many of the topics correlate with the National Health Observances. You can have the handouts available in waiting rooms, health fairs and other educational forums.

Upcoming Editions

Past Editions

  • April 2021: Limit Alcohol  
  • March 2021: Sleep Well  
  • February 2021: Strive for a Healthy Weight. Losing even a little can help Learn more here about ways to do so.
  • January 2021: Be Involved in Your Health Care It is more important than ever to begin taking an active role in your health. Learn more hereabout ways to do so.
  • December 2020: Manage Stress The current COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress levels for everyone.. Learn more here about specific techniques you can use to manage stress more effectively.
  • November 2020: Be Tobacco Free Thinking about quitting? We can help. Quitting tobacco is the number one step to take to improve your health. Learn more here.
  • October 2020: Get Recommended Screenings Stay up-to-date on your preventive health care needs (including breast cancer screening) Learn more here.
  • September 2020 Be Safe: Prevent STIs. Learn more about the actions you can take to protect yourself against the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)here.
  • August 2020: Get Recommended Immunizations Don’t forget your annual flu shot. Talk with your provider and Learn more here.
  • July 2020: Ask About Low Blood Sugars Prevent episodes of low blood sugar to manage diabetes. Learn more here.
  • June 2020: Be Safe: Prevent Falls Older adults can be at higher risk of falling, learn more here about how to prevent falls.
  • May 2020: Be Physically Active Be Physically Active to take care of yourself and your health. Learn more here.
  • April 2020: Limit Alcohol If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation and avoid "binge drinking." Learn more here
  • March 2020: Eat Wisely Follow some of these tips to eat wisely and improve your overall health and well-being.

Monthly Prevention Topics
All Monthly Prevention Topics include patient handouts to download and useful websites. Many of the topics correlate with the National Health Observances. You can have the handouts available in waiting rooms, health fairs and other educational forums.
Healthy Living Message Patient Handouts
Each Healthy Living Message may be downloaded to share with patients. They contain information that is important for living a healthy life.
Clinician Fact Sheets
Detection of Cognitive Impairment
HealtheLiving Assessment (HLA) 
Shared Decision Making: SHARE Approach and Teach Back 
Public Health
This site includes information for Veterans and health care clinicians for Infection: Don't Pass it On (IDPIO) Campaign, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation.
Women Veterans Health Care
An office within the Office of Patient Care Services, this site contains information about the health care and other needs of eligible women veterans.
VA National Center for PTSD
Information for Veterans, their families and health care clinicians including fact sheets, videos, and more about trauma to help answer your questions about PTSD and related issues.  It also has the latest VA/DoD PTSD clinical practice guidelines.
Patient Engagement (PE) Toolkit
Working efficiently while completing tasks and promoting a high standard for quality work is important for both you and your patients. To assist in the promotion of a balanced workload, the Center for the Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (CEPACT) created the Patient Engagement (PE) Toolkit. The PE Toolkit can help you best use your time, providing best practices from others in the health care field, Veterans and advocates. Learn more about Patient Engagement or go directly to the PE Toolkit.

Federal Government Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Find links for clinical information, comparative effectiveness, news and events, research findings, publications, and more.
US Preventive Services Task Force
is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services.
The National Women's Health Information Center
The National Women's Health Information Center (OWH) is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  OWH works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through:  its innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
CDC's Healthy Living Home Page
A vast variety of topics on healthy living and staying healthy throughout your life.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020
The Dietary Guidelines is designed for nutrtion and health professionals to help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet. The information in the Dietary Guidelines is used by policymakers in developing Federal food, nutrition and healthy policies and programs. It also is the basis for Federal nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of HHS and USEA food programs.
Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User's Guide
This manual was developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but applies to any situation when patients need good information to make sound choices.

Additional Content

2020 Highlights Cover

NCP Highlights Report

This annual publication summarizes the activities of the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

The 2020 NCP Highlights are now available.