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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


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Image; Fruits and a scaleStrive for a Healthy Weight
Many Veterans have questions about the best way to achieve a healthier lifestyle through weight loss. However, losing weight often can be difficult to achieve. Read on for tips on how to facilitate weight loss.
Image of a man and woman fighting with a Christmas tree in the background.Coping with Difficult People During the Holidays
Having to socialize with difficult people can add stress to your holidays. Things will go better if you have a plan to stay in control and take care of yourself during family get-togethers. Find out tips to help.
Image of a woman looking sad out a window.How to ward off the holiday blues
The holidays are not always a jolly time of the year for everyone. Unrealistic expectations can cause depression and isolation during the season. However, we've found four tips to ward off the blues this holiday season.
Photo; Richard Fiske quit smokingYou Can Quit Tobacco!
Veteran Richard Fiske thought he’d never be able to quit smoking. When his VA doctor talked to him about quitting tobacco, Richard felt it was no use. But then Richard enrolled in the Truman VA Quit Program.
Image, man about to light a cigarette and young daughter saying no.Dangers of Second and Third Hand Smoke
Most people know that smoking greatly increases their personal risk of developing diseases such as cancer, emphysema and heart disease. However, many are not aware of how damaging second & third hand smoke is to others.
Picture of medication, saying to bring in old medication for proper disposalDrug Take Back Event
Truman VA will host a Drug Take Back event on October 27, 2017 from 10am to 2pm in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies. Bring in old or unnecessary medications for proper disposal.
Dawn Adams, Breast Cancer SurvivorI Survived Breast Cancer
I cannot tell you how important it is for all women to have their mammogram. If I had waited one more year, I may not have been so lucky to catch the cancer early. This is a lifesaving exam and could save your life.
Mark Weingarth's before and after weight loss picturesMotivated with MOVE!
Army Veteran Mark Weingarth decided it was time to take his health to the next level and lose weight. He was looking for a program to help him make lifestyle changes, not just lose weight. That's when he found the MOVE!
Get ImmunizedWhat Vaccines Do You Need?
Getting vaccines can prevent illness, missed work, increased medical bills and not being able to take care of family. Find out which vaccines are appropriate for your age group.
Ashley Smith and her mother Jan Smith in 2002A Mother's Legacy on Screenings
“People don’t realize colon cancer is the highest killer for men and women and, it’s preventable. If you can ever prevent a cancer, why you would ever choose not to do so.” Get screened.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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