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Veteran Athletes Win Big at 2012 Paralympics in London

Olympians might be touted as the best athletes in the world, but nothing beats the physical prowess of Paralympians. Not only do Paralympians defeat their fellow competitors, they overcome their physical disabilities on their way to the podium.

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Published October 10, 2012


Back to School: Transitioning from Servicemember to Student

The transition to a classroom after serving in uniform can be a challenge for Veterans, especially those who are first-generation college students. If you're feeling uneasy about going back to school, you can adapt your thinking by focusing on success in the next phase of your life.

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Published September 17, 2012


Breathe, Stretch Your Way to Pain Relief

For Veterans, yoga offers multiple health benefits. If chronic pain has you down, give yourself a lift - with yoga. Research increasingly shows yoga may be an effective prescription for pain relief.

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Published September 17, 2012


Don't Suffer in Silence: VA Offers Help for Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

It took two long years, but Air National Guard Veteran Jennifer Norris finally found the courage and support she needed to report she had been raped by her recruiter and sexually assaulted by three other superiors and fellow Servicemembers while on active duty. "One of my superiors said my performance went from excellent to 'I don't give a darn anymore," said Norris.

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Published September 17, 2012


Hurricane Preparedness: How to Weather the Storm

June to November is prime time for hurricanes. Relaxing, summer days can quickly turn disastrous, so keep you and your family safe by knowing how to get ready. Severe hurricane damage occurs from strong winds and rain, flash flooding and potential landslides.

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Published August 17, 2012


Make Room for Mom: Tips for New Caregivers

Your mom is moving in and you now have a new role - 'caregiver' If you are caring for a parent or loved one, you are not alone. Roughly 66 million people in the United States serve as unpaid caregivers to those with chronic and long-term care needs, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving in Bethesda, MD.

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Published August 13, 2012


Olympic Sports Even You Can Do! Ways to Work Out like a Champion

The Olympic games: a time for torch-bearing, flag-waving, biting your nails and wondering if that .10 of a second determines whether your favorite Olympian makes it to the podium. But cheering wildly during the London games doesn't count as a workout. As you're glued the TV watching the best athletes in the world, get inspired and set some exercise goals for yourself!

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Published August 7, 2012


Rural Doesn't Have to Mean 'Too Far'

Veterans of all ages live and work in rural areas. In fact, over 6 million - or 28 percent - of Veterans live in rural areas according to VA's Office of Rural Health. As the percentage of Veterans living in rural areas grows, VA has worked to adapt to fit their unique needs.

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Published July 12, 2012


On Your Mark, Get Set, Plan: Tips to Start A New Running Program

Now that warm weather is here, many Veterans are getting outside to hit the ground running. Check out My HealtheVet's top five tips to help you put your best foot forward when you're running outside in the heat.

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Published July 12, 2012


Celebrating Independence Day, Honoring Veterans

Fourth of July celebrations represent summertime, picnics, fireworks and this year, a mid-week break from work. Today we celebrate the birth of our nation's independence.

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Published July 3, 2012


Do You Know All your Medicines? Keep Track and Play It Safe

Do you have trouble remembering if you took your medicine when you were supposed to? Do you have out-of-date prescriptions?

While medicine can help us feel better, thousands of people die each year because of medication mistakes. You can use My HealtheVet to help you manage the different medications you take.

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Published June 5, 2012


Greening Your Diet: Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies to Every Meal

This Spring and Summer, why not celebrate by adding some "green" to your diet or try growing some of your own vegetables or fruits? Check out My HealtheVet's guide to getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet. You may also want to check out a local farmers market - there may even be one at your local VA Medical Center.

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Published June 5, 2012


Enjoy the Season: Manage Your Allergies

Warmer weather, birds singing, trees and flowers blooming - what's not to like about spring? If you ask allergy sufferers, they may say runny noses, itching eyes and sneezing.

Seasonal allergies are no fun. The good news: there are ways to manage them.

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Published May 29, 2012


Add This Important Ingredient: A Check Up on Your Health

Most of us think we know the recipe for staying healthy: eat right, stay active, get enough rest, and control stress. When we feel good, we may overlook an important, ingredient - the checkup. When we feel good may be the best time to get one.

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Published May 29, 2012


Tackling TBI with Your Care Team, My HealtheVet

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) screens all Veterans who left military service on or after September 11, 2001, for possible TBI. If they screen positive, a TBI specialist will further assess them. A treatment plan is developed, which is based on their symptoms. Then a team of health specialists' work together to deliver care.

TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head. A head hitting a windshield or cement can cause TBI. So can a blast or piece of metal entering the skull. With polytrauma, TBI occurs along with other injuries, such as loss of a limb or spinal cord injury.

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Published May 18, 2012


Hard Day’s Night: VA Helps Veterans Find Peaceful Slumber

Lying awake? Eyes wide open? Tossing and turning? Checking the alarm clock? If this sounds familiar, you might be struggling with insomnia. Anyone who has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and/or waking up too early knows it is more than a nighttime problem.

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Published May 18, 2012


Top Five Ways to Avoid Diabetes

You can't change certain risk factors such as your race, ethnic background, age or family history. However, you can make lifestyle changes to help prevent diabetes or slow its onset.

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Published May 18, 2012


Food for Thought: Fight the Barriers to Healthy Dieting

When warm weather rolls around, most folks hope to fit into their bathing suits and summer clothes without embarrassment. If you want to lose weight at a healthy pace, you will have to start thinking about bathing suit season right now.

Exercising or cutting that many calories may sound overwhelming - but My HealtheVet can help. It provides tools to conquer some of the common barriers to starting and maintaining healthy eating. Read on to learn more about the resources the VA and My HealtheVet have to keep you eating right.

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Published May 18, 2012


Navigating Your Way to Good Health

As a Veteran, you might feel you can handle your health on your own. And with all of the health information available on the Internet, it shouldn't be too hard to find.

It's certainly true that your health is ultimately your responsibility. The Pew Internet & American Life Project conducted a study that showed eight in ten Americans have looked up health information on the web. But you want to make sure the online health information you get is accurate and reliable. So how do you separate the good information from the bad – or even the downright dangerous?

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Published April 18, 2012


Where's The Chow Hall?

Leaving civilian life behind when you are deployed can be tough. But coming home can be even tougher.

"The hardest thing to readjust to is getting back into society," said Diana N. Graham, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and program support assistant with the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) in Durham, N.C.

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Published April 18, 2012


Alcohol Abuse Can be a Family Affair

Do you drink more than you should? Does someone in your family?

Both Veterans and their family members face many changes when returning or leaving the military. Many of these changes can pose challenges that lead to alcohol abuse.

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Publish April 18, 2012


New Personalized Handbooks Shipping Out

VA is producing a new, personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbook. This is for Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system. National rollout of the handbook  began in early February. The handbooks are tailored to each Veteran.  This  provides our nation's heroes with a current and understandable description of their eligibility and health care benefits that is relevant to them.

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Publish April 18, 2012


A Baby in Your Future? Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

If you plan on having a baby this year, the time to start preparing for a healthy pregnancy is now. Even before you become pregnant, there are many things you can do to improve your chances of delivering a healthy infant. And VA has programs to help.

While medical experts don’t know what causes most birth defects, they do know how to prevent some of them. For example, taking a daily prenatal vitamin with folic acid — before you become pregnant — can improve your chances of having a healthy baby, according to Dr. Amanda Johnson, senior medical consultant for reproductive health at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY. Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent major birth defects of the brain and spinal column.

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Published March 19, 2012


Top 10 Tips to Prepare for an Emergency

Most of the United States has not suffered from severe weather conditions this year. February and March can still surprise us. Keeping safe is easier if you think and plan ahead.

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Published March 19, 2012


Vigilant Vision Care Keeps You Out of the Dark

It is important to get your vision checked regularly. Do not wait for symptoms to appear, as they can be an indication of damage. Check with your health care team on when to schedule your next checkup.

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Published March 19, 2012


Celebrate National Salute to Veteran Patients Week!

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) served an estimated 6.1 million Veterans at medical facilities throughout the country. Men and women from a variety of backgrounds and ages are patients at VA medical centers every day. 

During the National Salute to Veterans Patients Week, beginning February 12, 2012, you can salute and support VA patients in your community.

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Published March 19, 2012


Have a Super Super Bowl!

Even though the Super Bowl feels like a holiday for intense sports fans, it should not be a holiday to avoid proper nutrition. My HealtheVet offers some tasty tips to stay looking like a receiver, not a lineman.

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Published January 30, 2012


A Place To Turn if You are in Crisis

My HealtheVet provides tools for mental health screening and secure email messaging with doctors. Veterans who use My HealtheVet can also view appointments online. However, sometimes that may not be enough.

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Published January 16, 2012


New Year's Has Passed, But Not the Blues?

Holidays are not always the "merry and bright" events we often expect. For many people, including many Veterans, they can be downright depressing.

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Published January 1, 2012


A New Year, A New You... with a Little Help from My HealtheVet

Eat Better! Lose Weight! Exercise More! Quit Smoking! It's not uncommon to start the New Year with resolutions much like these. In fact, according to a 2009 poll 100 million Americans make New Year's resolutions each year.

Sticking to them, however, is a different story. At the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), helping Veterans achieve their 'new self' is aided by online tools as well as many health and wellness programs at the local VA Medical Centers.

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Published January 1, 2012


Homeless Does Not Mean Helpless

Suffering from a long-term disability that affected his memory, Navy Veteran Shayne Babineau was out of work, homeless and struggling to find his way after his return from Desert Storm in 1991.

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Published January 1, 2012


Dealing with Job Loss Over the Holidays

The holidays can be an especially hard time to deal with the loss of a job or an income. Sadly, many Americans this holiday season are faced with inadequate employment and are struggling to make ends meet. This includes Veterans. In fact, post-9/11 Veterans are known to suffer a particularly high rate of unemployment. One reason may be that recent Veterans are often best equipped to work in jobs that the recession has hit the hardest. No matter the reason, loss of a job or an income can have a far-reaching impact.

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Published January 1, 2012


Reviewed/Updated: October 15, 2012


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