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Houston VA Kicks Off 21st NVGAG with Free Health & Wellness Expo Open to the Community

August 14, 2007

WHEN: Monday, August 27, 2007, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE:

George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B
1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, 77010

Free parking is available at the Toyota Center Tundra Garage, 1515 Jackson Street, Houston, TX 77003.

WHAT:

To kick off the nation’s largest senior sporting event for veterans, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) will hold a Health & Wellness Expo in Hall B of the George R. Brown Convention Center for all members of the community.

This free Health & Wellness Expo features information and education booths sponsored by more than 100 public, private, and government organizations.  Participating groups and businesses include the American Cancer Society, the National Kidney Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, Harris County Public Health & Environment Services, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, pharmacies from Costco, Target, and Sam’s Club, 24 Hour Fitness, Bally Total Fitness, YMCA, Texas Children’s Health Plan, American Red Cross, Houston Police Department, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, and Houston VA Regional Office.

WHO: All community members are encouraged to attend.
BACKGROUND: 

The MEDVAMC hosts the 21st National Veterans Golden Age Games, August 27-31, 2007 in Houston.  More than 650 veterans over the age of 55, from all over the country, are expected to participate in this year’s Games.

Houston’s team, named the Silver Eagles, is 37 members strong and made up of U.S. military veterans from across southeast Texas.

The Games are the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for older veterans, including those with a wide range of disabilities. Activities include swimming, bicycling, golf, shot put, discus, 10-meter air rifle, table tennis, dominoes, shuffleboard, horseshoes, nine-ball, bowling, checkers and croquet. Veterans who use wheelchairs or are visually impaired are also eligible to compete in separate divisions.

This year’s site for the majority of the sporting events, plus the opening and closing ceremonies, is the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

Since 2004, the National Veterans Golden Age Games have served as a qualifier for the National Senior Olympics in a number of competitive events.  The National Senior Olympics is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee. 

The National Veterans Golden Age Games are co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans Canteen Service, and Help Hospitalized Veterans.

Visit the 21st National Veterans Golden Age Games Web site at www.veteransgoldenagegames.org * for more information.

Volunteers:  Volunteers are still needed assist with a full range of exciting activities taking place during the Games. If you, your family, or your friends would like to volunteer, call MEDVAMC Voluntary Services at (713) 794-7135 or stop by the Volunteer Booth at the Health & Wellness Expo.

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