U.S Department of Veterans Affair
 

The VA FitHeart mobile application (app) is designed to help Veterans with heart conditions improve their heart health by increasing physical fitness and providing tools for a healthy lifestyle. The app is based on a cardiac rehabilitation program, which guides people through education and fitness training over 12 weeks.

Features:

  • Set weekly goals
  • View activity by type and date
  • View goal history
  • Create health entries
  • Access support
  • Manage notifications
  • Welcome

    Set and update your weekly fitness activity goals, and view your progress.

  • Fitness Activity

    Enter your fitness activity and details to track your progress.

  • Fitness Activity Graph

    View your progress in either graph or table form. Select date ranges to narrow the results.

  • Health

    See a record of your health information including your blood pressure, pulse, weight, glucose, cholesterol and mood over time.

  • Support

    Access support resources to help you manage your heart health.

  • Learn More

    Access quick tips and information on ways to improve the condition of your heart through fitness, health, nutrition, and mood.

  • Notifications

    Receive motivational messages from VA and/or notifications you have set for yourself related to the VA FitHeart App.

The VA FitHeart mobile application (app) helps Veterans with heart conditions improve their heart health by increasing physical fitness and providing tools for a healthy lifestyle. The app is based on a cardiac rehabilitation program, which guides people through education and fitness training over 12 weeks.

You should use the app as a tool to help motivate you to be active and keep track of your fitness activities and health.

To use the VA FitHeart App, you must be a Veteran enrolled in VA health care with a DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account. If you do not have a DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) Account, or you are not sure, visit mobile.va.gov/dslogon for more information.

The Welcome screen contains Weekly Activity Goals that have been set and a log of the progress made for each, including minutes, steps and miles. The Health feature allows you to enter and track information regarding a variety of health-related items such as blood pressure, pulse, weight, glucose, cholesterol, and mood. There is also a Support section that provides resources on mindfulness, ways to connect with other heart patients, and information on support from family and friends as well as other members of your care team. You can also access quick tips and information on ways to improve your heart condition through fitness, health, nutrition and mood.

Tap Set Weekly Activity Goals from the Fitness Activity screen. A pop-up Set Weekly Activity Goals box will appear. Under the Activity Goal heading, type in your goals for minutes, steps and/or miles per week. Under the Start Date heading, tap the calendar icon. A pop-up calendar will appear. Tap the date you would like to start working on your goal. Tap Save to record your goals. If you do not update your goal every week, the app will automatically set the same goal for the next week.

Alternatively, if this is your first time logging into the app, you will see a pop-up Welcome to VA FitHeart box. The pop-up box asks if you would like to set a weekly activity goal. Tap Yes on the pop-up box to set your weekly goals, and follow the steps above.

Tap Goal History from the Fitness Activity screen. You will see a table listing your previous goals, including the date set, information about your progress, and whether or not the goal was met. To view only certain entries by date, tap Select Dates. Change the Start and End dates, and tap Apply. Tap Graph to view your data as a graph instead of a table.

When you’re entering a fitness activity, you can record many details: The date of the activity, time, duration, number of steps, number of miles, the type of activity (such as running, cycling, swimming, etc.), intensity and any additional comments in the Notes section (up to 250 characters).

You can view your fitness activities in the table or graph in a specific date range. Tap Select Dates to expand the options. Tap the calendar icons next to Start Date and End Date. Tap a date from the pop-up calendars that appear. Tap Apply. The list will adjust accordingly.

When viewing the Fitness Activity screen, you’ll see your Weekly Activity Goals, the Graph or Table of your Fitness Activity and Notifications. Beneath this, you will see a table of the activities you have entered for that week, which details the date and time you entered your activity, type of activity, duration, number of steps, miles and level of intensity for each activity. To change the table to a graph view, tap Graph (if you are viewing the app on a small screen, you may need to tap Options, then Graph).

The app allows you to set notifications to receive motivational health messages or reminders you set for yourself about a specific health topic.

When you log into the app, you will see a count of your unread notifications received within the last 30 days. To access your notifications, you can either tap Notifications on the Home screen or tap the Menu (three-line icon in the upper left corner). A slide-out menu will appear. Tap Notifications. A list of Notifications options will appear on the left side of your screen. Tap one of the three categories of notifications you would like to view: All Notifications, VA FitHeart App Notices or VA Health Messages.

Tap Settings from the Notifications screen. A pop-up Notifications Settings box will appear. Type in your email address. Tap the bar under Time Zone, and tap an option from the drop-down menu that appears. To choose whether you would like to receive messages to improve your health, tap the circle next to either Yes or No. Tap Save to record your settings.

On the Health screen, you will see a list of health topics on the left side of your screen. Tap either Blood Pressure, Weight, Glucose, Cholesterol or Mood. The Health screen on the right will change to the title of the category of information you have selected, and you will see your health information related to that category. With each category, you will be able to view entries by date, view in a table or graph, set and manage notifications and create new entries.

On each of the health section’s screens, you have the ability to create a new entry related to that health topic. Tap Add an Entry. You will go to an Add Entry screen. The health information you can enter will vary depending on the health topic, but in most categories you will be able to enter a date and time, type in the information and select an option from the drop-down menu.

Support allows you to access various methods of support through mindfulness, support systems through people like you, family and friends and other health providers.

Help gives you access to assistance with the VA FitHeart App as well as information on what to do in an emergency or crisis.

On the Learn More screen, you will see four categories on the left side of your screen. Tap the one you would like to learn more about: Fitness, Health, Nutrition or Mood. The Learn More screen on the right will change to the title of the category, and you will see a list of topics related to the category. Tap a topic within the list. More information will expand beneath. Some topic’s information also contains hyperlinks, which you can tap and will open websites, resources or additional apps in a new browser.

VA Mobile Health is a program to improve Veterans’ health by providing technologies to expand care beyond the traditional office visit. As part of VA Mobile Health, VA is releasing a series of secure apps that take advantage of the popularity of wireless technologies to support Veterans, Caregivers and VA care teams.

No. VA created the VA Launchpad to house all mobile apps that connect to the Electronic Health Record. By signing into the VA Launchpad once, you can access multiple apps from one location – without having to log into each one individually.

The VA FitHeart App has built-in instructions to help explain the app’s features. Tap the Menu (three-line icon in the upper left corner). A slide-out menu will appear. Tap Help. You will go to the Help screen, where you will see a list of resources for what to do in an emergency or crisis, how to get help using the VA FitHeart App, and built-in instructions for various app features. In addition to the built-in instructions, more resources, such as a User Manual, Quick Start Guide, and Slideshow, are available at mobile.va.gov/appstore, and search for the app to access the resources.

If you need assistance with the VA FitHeart App, dial 1-877-470-5947 to speak with a VA representative. The Help Desk is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. For TTY assistance, dial 711. For clinical questions regarding your personal medical information, please contact your VA care team.

Additional information about other available VA Apps can be found on mobile.va.gov/appstore as well as mobile.va.gov in the VA Mobile Apps General FAQs.

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