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Diet and Nutrition: Separating Fact from Fads

March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to check in on those new year’s resolutions to eat healthier.

Leslie Collier, the Assistant Chief of Nutrition and Food Service at Washington DC VA Medical Center, stands in a kitchen space used to teach Veterans how to cook healthier meals.

Emergency Department Team Earns Accreditation as a Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department

The Emergency Department Team at Washington DC VA Medical Center has earned a Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Six Washington DC VA Medical Center Emergency Department Employees pose for a photo.

Rehabbing the Heart at Washington DC VA Medical Center

February is American Heart Month and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists at the Washington DC VA Medical Center are educating Veterans about resources available to strengthen their heart after a trauma has occurred.

Nurse Martine Bune work with a Veteran in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program on an exercise bike.

Heart Disease Prevention and Treatment at Washington DC VA Medical Center

Every February, Washington DC VA Medical Center employees “go red” in support of American Heart Health Month.

Dr. Gregory Trachiotis stands in his office, holding a heart shaped pillow given to heart surgery patients to hold during recovery.

WWII Veteran Turns 103, Celebrates Family Legacy of Service

Army Veteran Ellis Allen Sr. celebrated his 103rd birthday on January 23, 2023. The Department of Veterans Affairs National Director of Caregivers, and the Washington DC VA Medical Center, invited Allen and his family to join a special virtual birthday celebration in honor of the major milestone.

World War II Army Veteran, Ellis Allen Sr., holds a birthday cake on his 103rd Birthday, celebrated January 23, 2023.

Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Order, or SAD, is characterized by feelings of sadness or loss of interest during certain seasons. It is most associated with the winter months and can leave you feeling depressed or blue.

A person in a grey coat with a furry hood sits alone on a park bench in the wintertime.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control, around 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year and 4,000 women die from those diagnosis.

Five women stand in a circle and high five.

Stepping Up Your Winter Skin Care Routine

If winter weather has you reaching for the thermostat or another log to throw on the fire, it may be time to reach for a new and improved skin care routine as well.

A man applies sunscreen to his face while enjoying the outdoors on a snowy, winter day.

Engage With Your Community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16

Every third Monday in January, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of people.

Improving Health Through Weight Loss In 2023

A new year is an opportunity to set new goals or refresh old ones for many. Common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier and working out more, but these can also be some of the toughest changes to make.

Six Veterans ride on one red group-style bicycle outside the Washington DC VA Medical Center campus as a way to get active during a Whole Health event.