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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

Soldier throwing waste in burn pit.Burn pit exposure? Sign up now in VA Registry.
Exposed to burn pits or other airborne hazards while deployed? Believe you have health conditions related to these exposures? Join VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Learn how here.
Man and his art.Veterans Arts Festival is Fun and Therapeutic
VA's Annual Creative Arts Festival is a nation-wide talent competition that lets thousands of Veterans express themselves creatively while helping with their mental and physical health and recovery.
Woman receives flu shot from nurse.Flu Shots: More Access, Seamless Documentation
VA partners with Walgreens to expand real-time sharing of medical information of vaccines provided by Walgreens to enrolled Veterans. VA is covering the cost of about 75,000 flu shots.
Volunteers help a Veteran into a VA vanFree Rides for Vets Living in Highly Rural Areas
VA has just made it possible for more of America’s Veterans living in highly rural areas to get free transportation to a VA medical center or other facilities that provide VA care.
Man in uniform stands in a building service entry areaWith a Little Help, a Veteran's Life Transformed
One minute, Army Veteran Robbie Myers was living in a tent. The next, he was winning a nationally-televised cooking competition. His amazing journey began when he walked into a VA Medical Center.
Senior man holds up a tablet with a cartoon character drawn on itDondi gets Flu Shot Along with 96-year-old Creator
96-year-old Veteran Irwin Hasen is the cartoonist who created the famous character Dondi, a war orphan. He recently sketched his famous creation reminding Veterans and VA staff to get their flu shot.
A woman with a sad expression is comforted by a therapist with her hand on the woman's shoulderGo Green for Mental Illness Awareness Week
In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, VA facilities will be sponsoring events designed to educate Veterans, their families and staff on mental health recovery concepts and practices.
Senior woman stands on a scale as a doctor adjusts the balancesSlimming Down Helps with Diabetes & Pre-diabetes
Weight loss in overweight adults with diabetes can improve blood sugar levels, decrease the need for some medications, reduce blood pressure, improve heart function, and improve cholesterol levels.
Two men wearing pink bracelets bump fistsMale Breast Cancer: A Rare Disease, on the Rise
Male breast cancer is rare, accounting for less than one percent of cancers in men and less than one percent of all breast cancer. VA researchers are helping to understand the phenomenon.
Health tech helps a woman getting a mammogramVA Leads the Nation in Breast Cancer Screening
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. VA wants to help Veterans learn more about breast cancer with the helpful tools listed in this story including a Breast Cancer Risk Calculator.

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