Veterans exercise mind and body

Determined to minimise his need for medication after diagnosis with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Vietnam veteran David sought a referral to a Heart Health Program funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) last year. Soon after, he joined an outreach program for veterans who live in rural or remote areas. He began working out at a gym just a kilometre from his home, received fortnightly calls from a health coach, and had access to a series of health-related seminars.

David says he lost weight and his fitness improved – as did his PTSD symptoms. 

“I no longer sit around the house doing nothing, thinking things that I shouldn’t. I don’t drink anywhere near as much, and I sleep better. Maybe it’s the buzz I get from pushing myself in exercise that has become a drug replacing the booze,” he says. 

“I also seem to spend more time thinking of other activities to do and less time