BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The Beckley VA Medical Center celebrated their 12th annual Health Fair. The fair featured local vendors providing helpful info so that veterans can live a life of longevity.
Not only did the medical center celebrate their Health Fair but the grand opening of their new Whole Health and Wellness Center.
The new Whole Health Center will take a holistic approach to healthy living and it will feature yoga and tai chi classes while also providing chiropractic and meditation sessions for all veterans.
VA Director, Stacey Vasquez said,”It’s truly going to help us make a shift from some of the medications and move towards strength training and other therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic care that will be very beneficial.”
Veteran advocate Jim Creasman told Newswatch he’s practiced yoga for months and has noticed a change in his body, Creasman encourages other Veterans to take part in this new method.
“Look at the opioid epidemic in WV alone if you can find an alternative therapy that accomplishes the same thing, that prevents addiction wouldn’t you want to do that?”
It has taken the VA Center over a year for this room to be planned and finished. They’re excited for veterans to begin using new methods to stay healthy.
The Wellness Center will be open everyday, yoga classes will take place Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. while tai chi will occur on Tuesday and Thursdays at 3 p.m.