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Veterans at an outreach eventSpring and Summer Outreach Schedule Announced
Veterans in central and western Massachusetts have several upcoming opportunities this spring and summer to enroll in VA health care and get information about VA programs during public outreach events.
MOVE! encourages a healthy eating planStrive for a healthy weight
Want to get in shape for the summer? Veterans enrolled in VA health care can register for MOVE!, a national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
Women's History MonthWomen in Science and Technology
Join us for our celebrationof Women's History Month as we recognize women who have made significant contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Get nutrition facts from VA expertsEat right, your way, every day
Nutrition professionals, known as Registered Dietitians, or RDs, are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
Veteran receives the 2012 flu vaccineFlu season in full force
This year's flu is the worse in years. It's not too late to get the flu shot. It's the best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to get a flu shot.
VA offers smoke cessation classesDon't Give Up On Quitting
No matter how long you’ve been smoking or trying to quit, you can be smoke-free. Quitting smoking is a challenge, but it is also the single most important thing that you can do to improve your health.
Opening ceremony for 2012 Stand-DownStand Down stands up for our veterans
The Western Massachusetts Stand Down was held in September to help as many of the estimated 3,000 homeless veterans in our region and to prevent veterans believed to be at risk of homelessness from being without a place to live.
More than 60,000 Veterans visited The Big E on Military Appreciation Day in 2011Big VA outreach planned for The Big E, Springfield Clinic
New England Veterans have two upcoming opportunities to enroll in VA health care and get information about VA programs during two public outreach events in September, including Military Appreciation Day on the opening day of The Big E on Friday, Sept. 14.
Three generations of family members gathered around the dinner tableNew Site for Guide to Long Term Care
Each and every program provides services tailored to the specific needs of Veterans. The new Guide also offers tools for you to plan ahead and involve your family member or support person, social worker and care team in making plans and decisions that are best for you.
Recumbent BikeTBI Veterans to Host Adaptive Sports Seminar
A seminar about adaptive sports will be held July 10 at the Northampton VA medical center campus in Leeds, followed by a presentation at nearby Look Park on rebumbent bikes, hand cycles and trikes.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A man uses an iPad at a tableHelp with Concussions in Veterans' Hands Today
Knowledge learned by VA in treating Traumatic Brain Injury helped develop Concussion Coach, a mobile app with tools to assess symptoms and help with coping strategies.
A smiling woman counts change to a man at a kitchen counterHelping Veterans Find and Keep a Home
Occupational therapist Sarah Scalia assesses Veterans (105 so far) to ensure they are able to maintain the affordable housing provided them through the HUD-VASH program.
A woman and a man talk and point to a brochurePeer Specialists Held in High Regard by Veterans
Peer specialist program: Veterans who have recovered from mental illness serve as role models for other Veterans. Veterans will connect better with those who have experienced the same things.
Runners start a race on a trackHow Can I Live a Healthier Life?
Take charge of your health care. It’s never too late to get back on track and start taking steps towards a healthier you by getting informed, developing healthy habits, and enrolling in health care.
yoga poseStudy to Help Women Vets Coping with MST
VA to launch study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction this year to determine if it can help relieve symptoms of PTSD in women vets who have experienced military sexual trauma.
The face of a manWhy Slow Down?
Four hundred Veterans are participating in the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. It’s the world-leader in adaptive winter sports for Veterans, active duty servicemen and women with disabilities.
A man with a prosthetic leg and his son work out on exercise ballsWeight Loss for Those with Disabilities
Veterans and others with disabilities can lose weight through a program that involves phone calls and a Web-based remote coaching tool. The approach is low-cost and effective, say researchers.
Woman holds up an image of the food pyramidCan Good Nutrition Save Your Life?
VA wants to help you get in shape, think about nutrition, live longer and have a healthy, energetic life. VA registered dietitians are here to assist you with your nutrition and health concerns.
Face of a woman Veteran with a shirt that reads Live FreeVeterans Tell Their Stories
At the VA in Madison, Wis., the life histories of patients are written down and included in their medical charts. This gives caregivers a better understanding of the human being they are treating.
Team USA Paralympics athletes parade with a US flagVeterans Compete in 2014 Winter Paralympic Games
Veteran Paralympians are incredible role models. They share the same passion as Olympians to excel in their sport and inspire those who share the unique experience of representing America at the games.

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