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St. Cloud VA to host The Great American Smokeout and Healthy Living Fair

The St. Cloud VA wants all veterans to stay healthy and invites everyone who uses tobacco to quit. In support of this effort, the St. Cloud VA is hosting a Healthy Living Fair in conjunction with the annual Great American Smokeout from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8), on the St. Cloud VA campus. The event is also being held at the Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

The Fair will feature testimonials from ex-smokers and provide the opportunity and resources to quit smoking – for a day, or for life. Information for everyone will be available to help manage stress and maintain a healthy brain and body.

Participants will have the opportunity to enter the Cold Turkey Contest and Healthy Living Contest with a chance to win a grocery gift card – just in time to buy a Thanksgiving turkey.

A “Cold Turkey” lunch, featuring a turkey wrap, chips and a beverage, will be available for a small fee at the St. Cloud location only.

Contest entry forms will be available in the auditorium, at the main entrance of Building 1, the lobby of Building 111, the VA canteen, and at each of the CBOCs. The Great American Smokeout and Healthy Living Fair will also be held at the Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and contest entry forms will be available at those locations.

Studies show that 70 percent of tobacco users would like to quit, but don’t have the resources or coaching required for success. In Minnesota, 19 percent of the population still smokes. In the veteran population that number is significantly higher. Come to the Fair and learn about the many ways that help is available to smokers who want to quit, and to make other changes to live a healthier, happier life.

The event is free and open to veterans, their family members and employees of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System.