Veterans and their families are invited to attend a Whole Health Fair Thursday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, 4801 Veterans Drive, in Building 8, the auditorium.

Pre-registration is not required for the event, which includes veteran speakers, healthy teaching kitchen demonstrations, Whole Health presentations, and prize drawings.

Whole Health is how the VA describes its new approach to health care. Instead of simply focusing on appointments and disease management, it says it is trying to keep veterans healthy. The VA says its practitioners empower veterans to determine why their health is important, then supply them with skills and support for their personal health plans. Support includes stress reduction, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, nutrition, acupuncture and health coaching.