Building A Healthier You | VA Southern Arizona Health Care

Do you want to become a healthier you? The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) has services that can help you achieve your desired health goal. Most of us know that we should eat healthier, move more, stop smoking, not drink so much, but sometimes we just don’t know where to start, how to start, or maybe how to do what we want to do. The SAVAHCS offers health and wellness classes and resources to help you stay healthy. Find out how to get help quitting tobacco use, preventing disease, and managing your weight.

Movement Classes

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services (PM&R)

  • Back In Action: Mondays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Bend and Breathe Yoga: Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

To enroll, pleas call 520-792-1450 extension 1-2103


  • Be Active and Move (must be enrolled in MOVE classes or TeleMOVE): Tuesdays at 9:00 am

To enroll or for questions, please call 520-629-4659

  • Smoking Cessation: Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in building 90, Mental Health Clinic in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program Room
  • Rethink Your Drinking: Individual support to reduce your alcohol intake
  • Individual Coaching to help you improve your overall health

To enroll or for questions, please call 520-792-1450 extension 1-2985

Mindfulness Class

VA Calm Class: “A group to explore and deepen recovery.”

To enroll or for questions, please call 520-792-1450 extension 1-2985.

Whole Health

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System whole health team empowers and equips you to take charge of your health, well-being and quality of life. Whole health goes beyond illnesses, injuries and disabilities and focuses on your values, goals and overall health. Whole health includes self-care and complementary therapies along with conventional medical care.

For more information on Whole Health classes and resources, please call 520-792-1450 extension 1-4971.

You can download and complete the Personal Health Inventory at any time to find out what is important to you.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The Introduction class will cover what an anti-inflammatory diet is and why it is important. It is on the first Wednesday of every month. Each class thereafter will cover a food group, anti- or pro-inflammatory foods, ways to prepare the foods, recipes, and fun facts. You do not need to attend these classes in any specific order. Significant others are welcome.


Coaching is a way of effectively empowering Veterans to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path towards well-being. Coaching is collaborative, solution-focused, result-oriented and facilitates the Veteran towards self-directed learning, personal growth and goal attainment. Individual coaching is by appointment. It focuses on SMART goal setting.

Ear Seeds Parts 1 & 2

Ear seeds are actual mustard seeds attached to tape that can be placed on five specific points on each ear. The placement of seeds on these 5 points have been shown to reduce chronic pain. That is the reason you would use ear seeds. These classes teach participants to do this for themselves as these 5 points are the same points used in Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA). While BFA may provide quite immediate and intense feelings of relief, your response to ear seeds may be less so, but many people still do find they get relief. Using ear seeds is safe and effective. Using one’s own body’s natural healing abilities is very liberating for many. You may find that taking part 2 a few days to a week after part 1 works better; allows time for the concepts to be more fully understood.

Gentle Yoga

A movement class for people who don’t move very much. We will spend time doing gentle stretching exercises while seated on a chair, easy balancing exercises while standing next to or behind a chair, and some simple strengthening postures using a chair or a wall for support. Significant others are welcome.

Pain Skills

The 3rd & 4th Thursdays of the month we will have demonstrations of self-care pain reduction tools (self-massage, self-acupressure, EFT / tapping, aromatherapy, etc.) Significant others are welcome.

Tai Qi / Qi Gong

Qi gong is a form of exercise that involves posture, breathing, and mental focus. Qi gong will help you reduce stress, build strength, increase energy, and enhance your immune system. Significant others are welcome.

You’re Not Your Pain

A two-part series – Overview of Integrative Pain Management; Active vs Passive Pain Management; Understanding Pain Process; Biology and Stress factors; Pacing & SMART Goal Setting; Communication Awareness & Stress; An Introduction to Whole Health. CALL IRONWOOD CLINIC TO GET SCHEDULED. 520-529-4882

Introduction to Whole health

The class is a 1-hour virtual series that talks about the Whole health program and how to use it and get scheduled for classes!

Pathway to Whole Health

The Class is a 2-hour virtual two part series that helps you discover your personal health plan and goals. You can even invite your spouse or caretaker!

Whole Health Class Offerings

To enroll in a Whole Health Classes or for more information, please call 520-792-1450 extension 1-4971.

Nutrition and Food Services Classes

Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) develops and provides comprehensive evidence based nutritional services for our Veterans. They offer a variety of classes to help our Veterans improve health outcomes.

Nutrition and Food Services Class Schedule

* Class times are subject to change. An appointment is required to attend.

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