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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Veterans Enjoy a Newly Remodeled Fitness Center

January 21, 2014


Army Veteran Basil Morehead, and Army and Navy Veteran, George Henry use the newly remodeled fitness center to train for the National Veterans Golden Age Games. 

Veterans at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Houston VA) in Houston are enjoying a newly-remodeled state-of-the-art fitness center as 2014 gets underway.  A remodeled fitness center, located in the 108 building on the Houston VA campus, recently opened for Veterans and employees. 

The fitness center has transformed into an area where Veterans are able to stay healthy and fit, while also being a place that is more modern, safer, and more spacious.

Some of the changes Veterans will see in the fitness center are rubber floors, a more spacious workout area, new flat screen televisions, and a group exercise room.

Programs offered at Houston VA, like the MOVE! program, help Veterans learn the skills they need to stay healthy and fit.  Veteran patients in the MOVE! program will be able to exercise in the fitness center as part of their weight loss and weight management goals.

“I didn’t know what to do with myself while the fitness center was closed for construction,” says Army and Navy Veteran, George Henry.  “Now that the fitness center is open again, I have a place that I can train for the Golden Age Games.”
Mr. Henry also noted that he enjoyed having more room to workout in and that the rubber floors, instead of the carpet, felt safer and less dusty.

“I have been looking forward to the reopening of the fitness center,” says Army Veteran, Basil Morehead.  “I really missed the camaraderie and being able to trash talk fitness with my fellow Veterans while the fitness center was closed.”

Houston VA supports many programs to help keep patients healthy and fit.  In addition to the exercise equipment already available in the fitness center, there is also a plan to begin group exercise programs, such as yoga, for Veterans. 

If you would like more information about the fitness center or would like to lead an organized group exercise class, please call Kay Ivey at (713) 794-8779.