Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program - Fargo VA Health Care System
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Fargo VA Health Care System


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program

What is Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program?

Health Promotion and disease Prevention (HPDP)
refers to environmental, educational, and motivational, and clinical activities designed to encourage improvement in health behaviors and conditions of living that are conductive to improving the health of well-being of populations and individuals.

Disease prevention refers to health-related interventions or services that aim to prevent or minimize future morbidity and mortality by delaying or averting the onset of severity of disease, or detecting already existing disease at an early stage when it can be more successfully treated.

Health promotion and disease prevention are closely linked and services are offered to address both aims.

Health promotion and disease prevention services include, but are not limiting to: Clinical Preventive Services (screenings, immunizations, counseling, and preventive medications); related health education, self-management support; and health coaching.

The 9 Health Living Messages and Gateway to Health Living Program provide education, support, and resources to our Veterans who are interested in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Please click on the Healthy Living Messages picture below to learn more!

Are you wondering or concerned about how much or how often you drink? Your VA health care team is here to listen to your questions and concerns. Your health care team can help answer questions and discuss a variety of different options available to help you reduce or stop alcohol use and live a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.

In April, the VA’s National Center for Prevention asks you to think about your drinking. Find out how much is too much for your body to safely handle. Use the link below to find resources about alcohol use, dependence, and how to work toward healthy living goals. Take a private and anonymous screening. Learn how alcohol affects PTSD. There are tips on how to cut down on drinking as well as how to drink alcohol more safely. If you or others are concerned about your drinking, talk to your VA health care team about getting help -

Be Involved In Your Health Care:
You can play an active role when you have a visit with your health care team. To get the most out of your visit, plan the questions you want to ask and the things you want to discuss. Be sure to leave the visit with information about your care.

Thinking of quitting tobacco? Your health care team at VA wants to help. Check out these resources on your own, or contact your PACT team for assistance.  

We have quit lines, workbooks, telephone apps, and people who specialize in helping you quit tobacco. Consider making a date to quit smoking for at least 24 hours on November 15 during the Great American Smokeout!

To learn more about all the Whole Health options at the Fargo VA, to include Chiropractic Care, Yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, Acupuncture, and Mindfulness, click HERE.

Eat Wisely – Healthy Food Matters! We all know eating healthy can maximize your health and reduce the risk of developing obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.

Healthy eating patterns include eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, an assortment of protein including lean meats and legumes (beans and peas), limiting calories in food and beverage choices, and limiting trans fats and added sugars.

The path to improving health through nutrition is developing an eating pattern that is right for YOU.

We have a many resources to help you get started today:

It is important to keep up with your screening tests and immunizations to prevent certain kinds of illness. Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, sex, health status, and family history—every person is different. All preventive services have possible benefits (pros) and harms (cons). Depending on your values and preferences about these benefits and harms, you may wish to receive additional, fewer, or different services from those that are recommended. Talk with your health care team about the recommendations for screening tests and immunizations that are right for you. Screening means looking for a condition before there are any signs or symptoms of that condition. If you already have a symptom of the condition, you should talk with your provider about it, even if you were recently screened and no problem was found.

Regardless of age, gender, health status and family history, most Veterans should be screened for alcohol abuse, depression, high blood pressure, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), military sexual trauma, obesity, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and tobacco use. Veterans should follow the appropriate cancer screening guidelines. Most Veterans should receive a flu shot every year and a tetanus shot once every 10 years.

If you are a woman who is considering pregnancy, it is important to check with your health care team to be sure you are up-to-date with immunizations.

Want to Know More? If you want to learn more about getting recommended screening tests and immunizations, talk with your VA health care team. They can also help if you have questions about making a healthy living change.

For more information go to: or talk with your health care team about what screening tests and immunizations are right for you.



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Be Involved In Your Health Care

Be Physically Active

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Eat Wisely

Strive For A Healthy Weight

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Manage Stress

Be Safe

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Be Tobacco Free

Limit Alcohol

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Get Recommended Screening Tests & Immunizations



MOVE! logo  MOVE is a national weight management program designed by the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a part of the Office of Patient Care Services, to help veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health. Learn more about the MOVE! program.
Smoking cessation image  VA has the tools to help you succeed. Talk to your VA health care provider about how to quit smoking, including getting medication to improve your chances of quitting and a referral to a VA smoking cessation clinic. Learn more about smoking cessation.
My HealtheVet logo  My HealtheVet is a free, online personal health record. It is available 24/7, where ever there is internet access. Learn more about My Healthevet.

Health Resources Link: 

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Contact our Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager:

Brittany Sjolie, BSN, RN
701-239-3700 ext: 4039

Contact Info


  • Fargo VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 701-239-3700 Ext. 4039

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.