Overviews

Overviews synthesize the latest research related to Whole Health and organize it according to the overall structure of the Circle of Health.  The information is situated in the context of patient-clinician relationships and is divided into three major groups.

  1. Implementation overviews explain how to advance Whole Health in your life and workplace.
  2. Self-care overviews correspond with the eight areas of self-care within Circle of Health.
  3. Professional care overviews focus on integrative health and specific conditions.

At the end of each overview, there is a list of related tools that provide evidence-based practical information you can use at the point of care. For a complete list, refer to  Whole Health tools.

Implementing Whole Health

Whole Health has spread rapidly thanks to grassroots efforts from clinicians and other health care workers who first applied the concepts to their own life. After they saw positive changes in their health and well-being, they were eager to share it with the Veterans they served and those Veterans are sharing it with other Veterans. If you are new to Whole Health, begin by asking yourself what matters most to you. Then join us in transforming health care and implementing a Whole Health System.

Mindful Awareness and Self-Care

Along with what matters most to an individual, mindful awareness is central to the Circle of Health and the Whole Health Approach. Being mindfully aware allows you to make conscious and proactive choices about every aspect of your health and well-being, including self-care. The eight areas of self-care within the Circle of Health are interrelated, meaning when you neglect one, others may suffer. For example, if you don’t take time to recharge, it’s very likely that you will make poor food choices and be too tired to exercise. The good news is, the opposite is also true. When you focus on getting enough sleep, it makes eating healthy and exercising easier.

Photograph of a stack of balanced rocks by the beach.

Mindful Awareness

Personal Development

Black and white image of hands.

Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

Silhouette of two men running at dusk

Moving the Body

Bowl of cherries, chicken, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, and grapefruits.

Food and Drink

Silhouette of a person sitting with crossed legs and hands pressed together over head.

 Spirit and Soul

Bur oak tree in a garden.

Surroundings

Alarm clock.

Recharge

Close up image of blur bulb.

Power of the Mind