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San Francisco VA Health Care System

 

Wellness Program

About the Wellness Program

Wellness reflects a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that can result in an overall feeling of well-being. The San Francisco VA Health Care System is committed to fostering healthy lifestyles and well-being. We provide opportunities for both staff and Veterans to develop a wellness focus.

The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more healthy and successful existence. To learn more about wellness and the various types of wellness, click here.

A wide variety of activities and programs are available to help each of us to use and develop our skills and energy for improved health and well-being. Some of these include:

SFVAMC Farmers MarketHealthy Eating

All organization events are encouraged to promote the principles and concepts of wellness with fresh, wholesome foods, moderate in fat and sodium, high in nutrients and fiber, with an emphasis on a plant-based diet.

To help promote healthy eating, our Medical Center hosts a weekly Farmers Market on campus every Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., offering local organic vegetables, fruit, nuts, plants, and more!

MOVE!

MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health. Learn more. 

The SFVAMC also offers group weight management in the MOVE! Strength and Wellness program, which includes in-class and in-gym physical fitness activity, nutritional information, and behavioral health coaching. For more information contact Gary Yee at (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-3354, or Chris Geronimo at (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-3471. A consult from your primary care provider is required.

Wellness Activities 

  • Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle Challenge 
  • Yoga cCasses
  • Farmers Market
  • Great American Smokeout
  • Wellness Expo
  • Stress Management Skills Classes
  • VA2K Walk 'n Roll
  • Mind/Body Skills Classes and Meditation
  • Tango lessons
  • Move to music classes

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Messages

  • Be involved in your health care
  • Strive for a healthy weight
  • Eat wisely
  • Limit alcohol
  • Be physically active
  • Be safe: prevent falls and drive safely
  • Get recommended vaccines and screening tests
  • Be tobacco free
  • Manage stress

For more information, contact HPDP Manager Sandra Smeeding, PhD, CNS, FNP, at (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-5269.

Contact Info

Location

  • 4150 Clement Street
    San Francisco CA 94121

Contact Number(s)

  • 415-221-4810 Ext. 2-5269

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.