Health Promotion Disease Prevention Resources for Veterans
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
The Veterans Health Administration is committed to helping Veterans choose healthy behaviors to improve and maintain their health. Nine "healthy living" messages have been identified to guide Veterans in their health improvement efforts. The messages focus on key prevention areas:
Community resources exist to help Veterans make healthy lifestyle choices. This resource guide
is intended to provide information about some of the resources available at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital and in the local and national community. This guide was developed by the ENRMVH health promotion disease prevention program committee and will be updated periodically.
VHA Mission Statement: "Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being."
Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive list of all community health resources. There are no endorsements from the VA for these community resources.
Health and Wellness Resources
National, State, Community Wellness and Health Resources
Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive list of all national and local community resources. There are no endorsements from the VA for these community resources.
This site provides a wealth of information regarding benefits and services, employment and training, education, housing, health and well-being, peer services and more.
2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free telephone access to health and human services Information and Referral. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. 2-1-1 makes it possible for people to navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of human service agencies and programs. There is a link to Veteran Services.
Acupuncture Without Borders - Military Stress Recovery (Veterans) Project
Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) Boston Clinic - Member Clinic
Veterans Benefit Clearinghouse, located at Charlestown Yoga, 191 Main St. Charlestown, MA
For more information on the program, call Pathways to Wellness at 617-859-3036
Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) - Boston/North Shore
Free community-style acupuncture for Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their families.
Vittori-Rocci Post #56
Italian American War Veterans of the United States
143 Brimbal Ave
Beverly, MA 01915
Near the Higgins Armory. Exit 1 off of 190 or WRTA bus route 30/31.
Enter through the rear entrance.
Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) - Supporting Clinic
St. Andrew's Church, 3 Maple Street Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 626-0896 or website: vac.anotherexample.com for more information
Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) Worcester - Member Clinic
Dodge Park Rest Home, 101 Randolph Rd., Worcester, MA 01606
Community Rowing, Inc. is a Paralympic Sports Club providing exciting and unique rowing programs dedicated to Veterans. The Harry Parker Boathouse is a fully accessible facility that allows able-bodied and those with disabilities to enjoy a healthy physical outlet that is both healing and therapeutic. A variety of programs for all levels are offered at no cost to Veterans.
Veterans and Adaptive Coordinator: 617-779-8277
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
DBSA Merrimack Valley is a peer- based self-help support group focusing on issues surrounding bipolar and depressed individuals and their families. They are affiliated with the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
Meeting: Thursday 6 pm -7:30 pm
Lowell First Church of Nazarene
1195 Varnum Ave.
Hanscom Fitness & Sports Center
Numerous amenities in the 50,000-square-foot facility, including an indoor running track, two gymnasiums, steam rooms, saunas, three aerobic rooms, a rock-climbing wall, a family/child workout area, group-fitness classes, a "Fitness on Request" system and much more.
The Fitness & Sports Center is open to Hanscom base ID cardholders, including active duty, reservists, DoD civilians, NAF employees, base contractors, retirees from the military or having served at least 20 years, and VA employees. For more details, call 781-225-6630/6631.
For questions about base access, call the Visitors Center at 781-225-6642.
Hanscom AFB, MA
There & Back Again................navigating life after war
Executive director: Sue Lynch phone: 617-216-4769
191 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 phone: 1-800-311-0187
There & Back Again is a nonprofit organization that supports the well-being of service-members. Their mission is to provide reintegration support services to combat Veterans of all conflicts.
Veterans' Laws and Benefits
This publication is a compilation of resources regarding major state benefits in the areas of education, employment, housing, motor vehicles, property taxes, and medical assistance. Information regarding recent amendments to federal and state legislation on employment rights and federal burial benefits is also offered.
This guide provides references to appropriate agencies for information on eligibility and the application process as well as the responsibilities of local veterans' agents who assist veterans with referral and emergency assistance.
1-800-392-6090 (in MA only) www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisvet/vetidx.htm
YMCA of Greater Boston
Welcome Home Program
The program is open to all Veterans who have served since 9/11/01, who have service-related injuries, who would benefit from the type of exercise programs that can be provided at any of the 13 facility locations of the YMCA of Greater Boston. YMCAs are located throughout the city and in four suburban locations.
The program includes a full year of membership, free of charge, with funding provided by the Charlestown YMCA of the YMCA of Greater Boston. Participants must apply to the Charlestown YMCA regardless of which YMCA they wish to join.
Website: www.ymcaboston.org General information: 617-927-8040
Local Community Hospitals and Senior Centers are a great resource for community resources, activities, and education.
AARP: a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.
Website: www.aarp.org Phone: 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: A source for trustworthy, science-based food and nutrition information.
Website: www.eatright.org Phone: 1-800-877-1600
ACE: American Council on Exercise, America's authority on exercise.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is honored to support Joining Forces, a national initiative that gives back to our service members and their families. We are committed to provide 1 million fitness service hours to activated reservists and National Guard members and their immediate families.
Website: www.acefitness.org Phone: 1-888-825-3636
American Cancer Society: A national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major public health problem through education and advocacy to help people fight cancer.
Website: www.cancer.org Phone: 1-800-227-2345
American Diabetes Association: A national non-profit providing education and advocacy for diabetes.
Website: www.diabetes.org Phone: 1-800-342-2383
American Heart Association: A national voluntary health agency whose mission is "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." Their website provides a wealth of information and resources for heart health.
Website: www.heart.org Phone: 1-800-242-8721
American Lung Association: Resources and educational information to improve lung health.
Website: www.lungusa.org Phone: 202-785-3355
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Provides information and tools for people and communities to protect their health - through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
Website: www.cdc.org Phone: 1-800-232-4636
Department of Agriculture: The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans.
Website: www.ChooseMyPlate.gov Phone: 1-888-779-7264
Easter Seals: Provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. They also have a Veterans Count program.
Website: www.easterseals.com Phone: 1-800-221-6827
Military One Source:
***For Immediate Help 24/7 CALL: 1-800-342-9647
***National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Education, relocation, parenting, stress - you name it - Military OneSource is here to help you with just about any need. Available by phone or online, our free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. The service is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions.
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity: A collection of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing a plan that will empower all Americans to be physically active every day.
Website: www.ncppa.org Phone: 202-454-7521
National Alliance on Mental Illness: America's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Website: www.nami.org Phone: 1-800-950-6264
National Institute of Health: NIH is the nation's medical research agency-supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.
Website: www.nih.gov Phone: 301-496-4000
NIH Senior Health - Provides a toolkit for senior health issues.
Outward Bound for Veterans
This is an opportunity for adventure and self-discovery for our Veterans of combat operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom).
Programs offer numerous wilderness adventures exclusively for war Veterans. Goals include helping participating Veterans build a supportive community with other war Veterans; facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges; and re-energizing and reinvigorating spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors.
Quit Tobacco - Make Everyone Proud
This site is targeted to meet the needs of younger Active Military and Veteran populations by providing online tools to quit tobacco use, such as live chat services. Personalized quit plans and other interactive support systems. Available 24 hours/7 days a week.
SmallStep.gov: A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site that offers information in English and Spanish to help get you started to a healthier you. Resources include the activity tracker, recipes and newsletter. Play games and test your brain. Find great daily healthy tips.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation: A partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to fight childhood obesity. Parents, teachers, companies, healthcare professionals, teens and kids all have a part to play in the movement.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: The HealthierUS initiative is a national effort to improve people's lives, prevent and reduce the costs of disease, and promote community health and wellness. Deciding to live a healthier life is easy; it's the follow-through that's hard. . On HealthierUS.gov you will learn how to: Make physical activity a part of your day, eat more healthy foods, protect yourself and your family from illness, and avoid risks to your health and the health of your loved ones. Bad habits are not easily broken. Good ones are not easily won. But you can do it!
Write to: healthfinder.gov at P.O. Box 1133, Washington, DC 20013-1133
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: A wealth of information for America's Veterans.
Geriatrics and Extended Care VA web page: Guide to Long Term Care provides information on the full range of long term care services, particularly home and community based services. This is an on-line tool and there are worksheets available for Veterans and caregivers to assist in identifying long term care needs.
Veterans Crisis Line
The veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
Chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. www.veteranscrisisline.net
Wounded Warrior Project
Programs uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Under each of these program areas, Wounded Warrior ProjectTM (WWP) offers a variety of programs to meet a range of needs.
All WWP programs are free. To participate one must have incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001. Verification of service is required.