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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.

Spotlight on Health: November 2018


Be Tobacco Free

Thinking about quitting? We can help.Quitting tobacco is the number one step to take to improve your health.

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.

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Past Editions

  • October 2018: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests Hepatitis C - It is important to keep up with your screening tests and immunizations to prevent certain kinds of illness.
  • September 2018: Be Safe: Prevent STIs Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections you can get by having sex with someone who has an STI. STIs are the same thing as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Many STIs do not have symptoms, and you can have an STI and pass it on without knowing it.
  • August 2018: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, gender, health status, and family history. Find out which immunizations are recommended for you.
  • July 2018: Ask About Low Blood Sugars It is important for patients who have diabetes to talk with their health care provider about selecting a safe and effective blood glucose target range that is based on their own goals, priorities and lifestyles.
  • June 2018: Be Safe: Prevent Falls Identifying fall hazards and deciding how best to protect yourself is the first step in reducing or eliminating an injury from a fall. Physical activity and improving your balance can also help you decrease your risk of falling.
  • May 2018: Be Physically Active Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Being active may be easier than you think. Find how you can be active your way every day and discover a healthier you.
  • April 2018: Limit Alcohol Are you thinking about your drinking? Developing or maintaining healthy, moderate drinking habits can help you live a healthier life. Making informed choices about alcohol use can help you reduce risk of numerous problems and improve your overall health. There are many resources to help you successfully limit alcohol if that is something you are considering.
  • March 2018: Colorectal Cancer Screening New cancer cases can be reduced and many cancer deaths can be prevented. Studies show that screening for colorectal cancer helps find early signs of the disease before it becomes cancer. Find out more about colon cancer screening tests.
  • February 2018: Strive for a Healthy Weight by Eating Wisely Eating wisely can help you lose weight. If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help! If you are of normal weight, maintain it. Making informed food choices along with being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight can reduce your risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.
  • January 2018: Be Involved in Your Health Find out ways to become more involved in your health care. How you can work with your health care team to make sure you get answers to all your questions and the best care possible.
  • December 2017: Manage Stress Feeling stressed? It's very common. Consider checking out some of these simple options for managing your stress.

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.
Partnership for Health
Your patients rely on you for accurate, up-to-date, preventive health information. This series of fact sheets developed by NCP and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) cover selected cardiovascular recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
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.

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.
2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)
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

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Prevention News

An award winning, quarterly publication from the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, highlighting health promotion and disease prevention activities in VA.

The Fall 2016 issue is now available.
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NCP Highlights Report

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

The 2017 NCP Highlights are now available.

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