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Fargo VA Health Care System


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program

Couple Walking

Less than half of U.S. adults get the amount of physical activity they need.  Regular activity lowers risk for depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and some kinds of cancer.  There are lots of ways to get your body moving more, to prevent and treat health problems.  The following link takes you to tips on becoming more active and healthy, even if you have a disability.  Even if you’re out of shape, most people can begin activity safely.  If you have chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, or you have physical symptoms like chest pain and dizziness with activity, talk to your health care team before you become more active.  Consider joining us at the Fargo VA on May 16th from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for the annual VA2K Walk and Roll event.  Come out and walk or roll your wheelchair along the 1.2 mile course to help raise awareness of homeless Veterans.  This is a free event, and a great way to get in some exercise and help out homeless Veterans. Have an active May! 

Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle!

If you have been thinking about making a healthy lifestyle change, the Gateway to Healthy Living Class is for you, the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in room 4E-17. No matter what change you would like to make, we can help. It is designed to be flexible and support your choice about what matters the most to you. For some, it is eating wisely or being physically active, managing stress or losing weight. Others may have different ideas.  During this 90-minute class, you will take part in a discussion about healthy lifestyle choices and learn ways to identify and reach your goal.  We want to help you clarify your goal for change, learn ways to meet your goal, and help you build confidence for success. We look forward to helping you create your own way to better health.

For more information about the Gateway to Healthy Living Class, call Bonnie Odermann at (701) 239-3700, extension 4039. 

You may find it helpful to complete the HealtheLiving Assessment.  You can find it on the MyhealtheVet website: Click on the healtheliving assessment link. 

Healthy Living Messages


Click on a picture to view the brochure

Doctor with woman.

Man and woman walking.

Be Involved In Your Health Care

Be Physically Active

Fruit in a store.


Scale and measuring tape

Eat Wisely

Strive For A Healthy Weight

Happy man and woman.


Man and woman in car wearing seat belts.


Manage Stress

Be Safe

Calendar with date circled.

Glass of liquid with hand over top.

Be Tobacco Free

Limit Alcohol

Woman getting blood pressure checked.


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: 

Do you know the signs of a stroke? Check out this video.

Contact our Health Promotion Disease Prevention Manager:

Bonnie Odermann
701.232.3241 ext: 4039

Contact Info


  • Fargo VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 701-232-3241 Ext. 4039

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm