Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Food choices can impact a number of health conditions such as as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) offers a variety of dietary classes to assist you in your journey to better health.
The class covers how an anti-inflammatory diet can greatly improve your health, and the basics of the diet. After the introductory class, each class will cover a specific food group, and which foods to eat or avoid in that group. The class will show ways to prepare the foods, recipes, and fun facts. There may even be tasty samples in some classes!
Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that's designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). The DASH diet plan was developed to lower blood pressure without medication.
The two hour class is offered for those with diabetes. One class covers healthy eating and the other offers the basics of regular care, complications, and medications. Learn the skills you can use to better manage your diabetes. Significant others are welcome.
This class is for any Veteran with heart failure who would like more information about their condition. Topics include basic information about heart failure, how to eat a heart healthy diet, and medications prescribed for heart failure. Morning and afternoon classes are available and last about 2 hours. Spouses, family, and caregivers are welcome. To attend you must be discharged home or to the Community Living Center here at the Tucson VA.