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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


Leigh Ann Says it’s Her Time!

Leigh Ann Simar poses at her desk.

This week is National Women’s Health Week and “It’s Your Time.” Learn about health care services offered to Women Veterans. Leigh Ann Simar, VA patient and employee, shares her story.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Back in 1987, Leigh Ann Simar decided to join the United States Navy. Considered a drastic decision by many, this 18 year-old Missouri native was not deterred. She was then - and still is now - a “go getter.” 
In the span of eight years, Leigh Ann would subsequently travel the world, marry and birth three beautiful children. Today she not only works at Truman VA, but she receives health care at the facility.
As Truman VA celebrates National Women’s Health Week, Leigh Ann still applies that “go getter” personality towards the challenges she currently faces with her health.  For some time now she has battled constant knee pain, but with the help of Truman VA staff she remains optimistic.

“My experiences with Truman VA have been positive,” she says.  “I am empowered to make my health a top priority.”

That is the goal of the weeklong health observance coordinated by US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.  It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health.  The theme for this year’s observance is “It’s Your Time.”  National Women’s Health Week encourages women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risk of certain diseases:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active. 
  • Eat healthy. 
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress. 
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

For more information on health care services offered to Women Veterans, stop by our informational table located in the main lobby on Thursday, May 17 or contact Women Veterans Program Manager, Cindy Stivers at (573) 814-6457.

Brought to you by Truman VA’s Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program.


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