Navigating the Festive Season with Health and Joy – A Guide for Veterans

The Christmas season is a time of joy and indulgence, but for veterans, it’s also a crucial period to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The abundance of high-calorie feasts, sedentary activities, and increased alcohol consumption can present challenges. However, with the right strategies, it’s possible to enjoy the festivities without compromising on health and fitness.

Learn More About Veteran Dietetic Services and Our ‘Operation: Healthy Christmas’ Guide.

The guide will be sent as a PDF via email

Strategic Nutrition: Eating Smart

One of the key aspects of maintaining health during Christmas is strategic nutrition. Portion control and mindful eating are essential. Opting for smaller portions of nutrient-rich foods like lean meats, vegetables, and whole grains can make a significant difference. Balance is critical – it’s about enjoying your favourite Christmas foods in moderation​​.

Hydration: The Secret Weapon

Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in the scorching Australian heat. Start your day with a glass of water and keep a bottle with you at all times. Infusing water with lemon, lime, cucumber, or a splash of fruit juice can make hydration more enjoyable and healthy​​.

Social Gatherings: Plan and Set Boundaries

Planning ahead for social gatherings can help in maintaining your health goals. Eating a healthy snack before attending parties and focusing on socialising rather than eating can be beneficial. Setting achievable goals for diet, exercise, and social interactions is also important​​.

Healthy Recipes: The Christmas Feast

The guide offers recipes for healthier versions of traditional Christmas dishes. A nutritious salad with a homemade light vinaigrette and for Christmas Day try our healthier version of the Aussie classic the Pavlova. For the main course, a healthier Christmas Roast with lean meats and a variety of vegetables is recommended​​.

Staying Active: Enjoyable Exercise

Physical activity is not only a great stress reliever but also a way to counteract the effects of overeating. Incorporating activities like family walks, yoga, and even festive family fitness challenges can be both fun and beneficial. Swimming, beach activities, and home workouts are other excellent ways to stay active during the holidays​​.

Psychological Well-being: Self-Care and Gratitude

Mental health is just as important as physical health during the festive season. Practising self-care, reflecting on the past year, and expressing gratitude can significantly boost mood and overall well-being​​.

The holiday season is a time for enjoyment, but it’s also an opportunity to maintain and even improve your health. With strategic nutrition, proper hydration, planned social interactions, enjoyable physical activities, and a focus on psychological well-being, veterans can navigate the Christmas period with health and joy. Remember, it’s about enjoying the festivities wisely without derailing your hard-earned progress.

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Viewing Your Accepted Conditions

The following steps will help view the accepted conditions of your DVA white card via the MyGov website.

Step 1:

Go to https://my.gov.au

Sign in to your myGov account using your Username and Password.

You can sign in to myGov using the following:

  • Your username (Your myGov username has 2 letters and 6 numbers. For example XY123456)
  • Your email address used to create your account
  • Your mobile number (if you have enabled this option)

After entering your login details you may be required to provide a one-time access code.

  • A one-time use code is sent by SMS to your mobile phone.

If you do not have a myGov account, you can create one by selecting Create myGov account on the myGov sign-in page.

using the MyGov login page

Step 2:

Once you have logged into your account scroll down until you see the heading ‘Your Services’.

Your Services lists the government programs you access that offer online services through myGov. You should see ‘Department of Veteran Affairs’ listed here.

Select ‘Department of Veteran Affairs’.

If you do not see Department of Veteran Affairs listed you will have to link this service to your account (See the video below).

You can do this by selecting Link another service.

Select the DVA tile

Step 3:

This is your Department of Veterans’ Affairs My Service Home Page.

My Service allows you to access DVA services online such as:

  • Access support for a service-related condition or injury
  • Access your digital DVA Veteran Card
  • Lodge and track the status of your claims

Look in the middle column titled Claims.

Select Accepted Conditions.

Select Accepted Conditions from the Claims Menu

Step 4:

This page shows your digital DVA Veteran Card.

You will see information such as your Card NumberExpiryCard Type and the Conditions listed on your card.

Select the Conditions Listed drop-down menu to view the conditions listed on your card.

Step 5:

Select Print this Page in the top right-hand corner of the page to download your digital DVA Card as a PDF.

Alternatively, if accessing this on your mobile phone you can take a screenshot of this page. Depending on your phone you can:

  • Press the Side button and the Volume up button at the same time (iPhone)
  • Press the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time


Video on how to log on and link my service: