VA Fitbit Initiative Provides Veterans with Free Health and Wellness Program
The Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) recently launched a program to help veterans manage their health and fitness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible veterans (and their caregivers, including VA staff) who currently use a Fitbit device can access many of Fitbit’s paid programs at no cost. The goal of the Veteran Fitbit program is to help veterans manage stress, improve sleep, and increase physical activity.
10,000 eligible veterans and caregivers were the first to receive a 1-year membership to Fitbit premium. This gives them access to guided workouts, mindfulness practices, a wellness report, and a health dashboard. They’ll also have access to personalized fitness coaching and health guidance.
The goal of the VA Fitbit initiative is to build a strong community focused on improving heath and wellness by using today’s wearable technology. Over time the VA hopes to advance the way in which they are able to support veteran fitness and wellness goals.
The initial program reached its maximum number of participants early in 2021; however, those interested may request to receive additional information on the VA Fitbit Program when it becomes available. Visit the VA program page on Fitbit’s website to sign up for this mailing list.
In the meantime, veterans can also take advantage of additional VA health and wellness initiatives such as Women Veterans Health Care, tobacco treatment options, and the MOVE Weight Management Health Promotion Program.