Upcoming Events

VEBA Holiday Food Drive

VEBA is hosting another annual food drive for the San Diego Food Bank from November 1 to December 18!

Donation bins will be in the reception areas of the VEBA Resource Centers located at:
5520 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123
1843 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108

Support people in need by donating:

  • Canned chicken, tuna, soup, vegetables, fruits, or beans
  • Pasta, rice, cereal, or oatmeal
  • Peanut butter, nuts and seeds

You can also donate food or money virtually at bit.ly/vebafooddrive23

Past Events

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Small Habits = Big Changes

May 11, 2023

Most people struggle with change not because they lack the inward attributes necessary for success, but because they simply do not know what to do. Many books, seminars and programs centered around behavior change focus on what you need to do. Some of them even explore the “why” behind your motivational drivers. However, very few offer proven strategies around HOW to make the changes that support the most important aspects your life and work.    

OTC COVID-19 Testing Webinar with Kaiser Permanente

March 3, 2022

Have questions about Over-the-Counter (OTC) COVID-19 testing? Learn more about OTC testing with Dr. Tseng from Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Tseng discussed how to obtain tests through Kaiser, how many tests are ideal for a household, testing while traveling, and when and how to use them. Dr. Tseng also brought us the latest news on COVID-19!

Dr. Tseng is a local Kaiser physician who has lived in San Diego for 20 years. With a background in public health, he believes that the best medicine is preventive medicine. Dr. Tseng is involved in committees and symposiums that bring together clinicians and academics for an exchange of new and best-practice ideas.

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Healthy Holidays: Taming Your Inner Grinch

December 1, 2021

Although the holidays can be a time of reflection and rest, they can also bring out our inner Grinch. In this webinar, Mental Behavioral Health Director, Carletta Vicain, talks about how to manage your energy and emotions this holiday season.

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Healthy Holidays: Have Your Pie and Eat It Too

November 17, 2021

Holidays can be a time of overindulgence with so many of our favorite foods we only see once a year. Registered Dietitian, Anjali Patel, discussed how to have your pie and eat it too.

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Healthy Holidays: Benefits of a Gratitude Practice

November 3, 2021

We know the holidays can be very stressful. In this webinar, Mental Behavioral Health Director, Carletta Vicain, talks more about the health benefits of a simple gratitude practice.

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Coffee with Carrum

November 1, 2021

Need surgery but worried about how much it’s going to cost or where
to get the best care? Grab your cup of joe and join us for Coffee with Carrum, a webinar to learn how this benefit covers up to 100% of surgery costs.

* Carrum Health is available to VEBA members and dependents aged 18+ enrolled in a VEBA UMR PPO or High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).

Contact VEBA Advocacy at 888-276-0250 if you are a VEBA member with the County of San Diego to obtain information on what plan options are available.

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Come One Come All and Learn about Scripps Health

October 14, 2021

VEBA Members now have a more affordable way to access Scripps Clinic, Scripps Coastal Medical Center and Rady Children’s primary care physicians, specialists and hospitals through the re-introduction of UHC Performance HMO Network 3!

Watch this very informative webinar to learn more about what Scripps Health has to offer VEBA Members.

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Free Your Mind and See What Follows! Care Navigator Tips and Tools

September 29, 2021

So often we believe our health is a result of daily actions. Learn the role mindset plays in contributing to living your best life from VEBA’s Care Navigators, Megan Karlan and Michele McNiff by watching their webinar below.

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Can I Think Myself Thin?

September 22, 2021

Who would’ve thought that there is a relationship between our thoughts and our waistline? Check out this discussion with Director of Coaching, Robert Cappuccio, on how there is more to healthy living than diet and exercise.

Age is Nothing But a Number (and a Diet)

September 15, 2021

The older we get the more important what we eat becomes. Experiencing weight gain as we age is optional. VEBA’s Integrative Chinese Medicine & Acupuncturist, Dr. Ioanna Vouloumanou (Dr. V) talked about tried and true tips on eating as we age.

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Flat Booty Buster

September 8, 2021

Did you know there is a relationship between your back pain and your flat booty? Did you know your glutes can actually go to sleep? If you are one of the millions of people experiencing back pain, check out this conversation with VEBA’s Executive Director, Michael Carey.

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Fine is Not a Feeling: Back to School in a Post-COVID World

September 1, 2021

How are you? Maybe you are not actually fine. Mental Behavioral Health Director, Carletta Vicain, explored how tapping into our emotions can help navigate the transition back to school.

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Get Fit, Don’t Quit: How Smaller Habits Lead to Bigger Results

August 25, 2021

Director of Coaching, Robert Cappuccio, held a conversation about the magic pill you’ve never heard of. Hint: It may not be the sexiest but it is the most effective.

Happy senior couple doing exercises in gym to stay fit

Move it or Lose it: Can I Really Gain Muscle at my Age?

August 4, 2021

YES! Don’t let old ideas about exercise get in the way of working towards your goals. VEBA’s Well-Being Coach, Bracken Gilliam, held a discussion on why it’s never too late to pick up a weight.

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2021 Update on COVID-19 with Dr. Shane Crotty

July 29, 2021

Confused about where we are with COVID-19? Learn the latest on booster shots, variants and status of herd immunity in this webinar. Special guest Shane Crotty, Ph.D., from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, led us through an update and answered live questions.

Dr. Crotty is a professor at the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research. COVID-19 research done at his lab has informed vaccine efforts worldwide.

Pensive woman feeling worried while working on home finances.

Give Me a Break: It’s All About M.E. (Mindset and Emotions)

July 28, 2021

We all have had those days where we experience overwhelm and frustration. Mental Behavioral Health Director, Carletta Vicain, provided real world practical tips and techniques for how to navigate life’s constant changes without losing it.

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Resetting Expectations

July 21, 2021

Did you start 2021 with resolutions/goals to make up for 2020? Director of Coaching, Robert Cappuccio, held a mid-year check in as we continue to adapt to an ever-changing normal.

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Vacation Calories Don’t Count!

July 14, 2021

Calories in, calories out is only part of the story. Registered Dietitian, Anjali Patel, discussed the relationship between relaxation and weight loss. Learn the science behind everything in moderation.

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Muscle & Fiction: Working Out Smarter not Harder

July 7, 2021

Did you know you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the best results? In this webinar, Director of Coaching, Robert Cappuccio, dispelled the myth that more isn’t better. Better is better. Watch this webinar and walk away with new ideas to refresh your routine.

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Vaccine Updates and Living in the “Post COVID-19 World”

April 27, 2021

Still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Or wondering what to expect in a post COVID-19 environment? Dr. Shane Crotty from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology provided an update on where we are with the vaccine. He explained the benefits of getting vaccinated, what to do after being vaccinated, variants and booster shots. Dr. Crotty is a professor at the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research. COVID-19 research done at his lab has informed vaccine efforts worldwide.

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Shift Happens: Understanding the Relationship Between Food and Mood

April 21, 2021

VEBA’s Director of Behavior Health, Carletta Vicain and Doctor of Functional/Chinese Medicine, Dr. Ioanna Vouloumanou (Dr. V) led a webinar on improving your mood with certain foods and how to incorporate small changes into your daily routine that will show big results in how you think and feel. This webinar will provide actionable steps you can take today to improve your mental and emotional well-being tomorrow!

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Shift Happens: It Begins with M.E. (Mindset and Emotions)

April 6, 2021

VEBA’s Care Navigator, Michele McNiff, led a webinar where she provided real world, practical tips and techniques for how to navigate life’s transitions.

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Shift Happens: Adapting to a Changing Environment Webinar

March 23, 2021

VEBA’s Director of Coaching, Robert Cappuccio, led a webinar focused on continuing to adapt during a changing environment. He discussed strategies on how to stay focused, reduce stress, and ultimately find your way forward.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar with Dr. Susan Little

February 23, 2021

VEBA hosted a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccine with Susan Little, M.D., a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Listen to what she had to say about the vaccine.

Headshot of Shane Crotty from the La Jolla Institute of Immunology

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar with Dr. Shane Crotty

January 25, 2021

VEBA was joined by Shane Crotty, Ph.D. from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, to present a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccine.

He discussed everything you need to know about the vaccine, such as how it works, effectiveness, safety and side effects.