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Avoiding hemp seed in food Airman’s responsibility

Posted September 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  – It has become increasingly important for Airmen to read the labels of products they consume to ensure there is no damage to their career due to traces of hemp seeds and its derivatives being ingested from their day-to-day consumer products. Consumption of a yogurt brand directly violates the Air Force’s prohibition…

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Health care professionals recommend flu shots

Posted September 15, 2013 by Robert Goetz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Autumn is just a few weeks away, the time of year when oppressive summer heat gives way to cooler weather. It’s also the time of year when flu activity begins, reaching its peak in January or February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, people need not suffer…

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Power surge: Why energy drinks are too much

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class A. Harvill

FORT EUSTIS, Va., – Service members who rely on stimulant-cocktail energy drinks to keep alert on duty increase their risk for significant, lifelong health issues, say research scientists. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 45 percent of Service members downrange use energy drinks to stay awake. There are other ways to stay alert without reliance…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore)
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Blocks to build on: The social pillar

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

You’ve had a day for the record books. Not even 15 minutes into the work day you receive a verbal counseling from your supervisor, after which you are so preoccupied you realize you’re running late to a dental appointment.

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New bone marrow clinic opens at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center took a step forward in the assistance of bone marrow treatments across the world by opening a bone marrow clinic. Of the 30,000 people in need of a bone marrow transplant each year, 500 are Department of Defense members. “By establishing the program here,…

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PT changes in 4 categories coming

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U.S. Air Force Photo by Lucas Silva Tech. Sgt. Casey J. McKinney, 65th Logistics Readiness Squadron refueling maintenance element, performs push ups during a physical training exercise, Lajes Field, Azores. McKinney scored 100 percent on his Air Force PT test. WAHINGTON – Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to…

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AF announces PT test enhancements to start Oct. 1

Posted August 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salinitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1. In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need…

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Airmen asked to participate in DOD anti-tobacco video competition

Posted August 22, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFMS) — The Department of Defense, Health Affairs, has recently announced a new countermarketing video competition that aims to target tobacco as an enemy of the military that degrades service members’ health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity. The competition entitled, “Fight the Enemy,” will run until Oct. 15 and is open to all uniformed DOD personnel, families and…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook)
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Parents follow the yellow brick road to fitness

Posted August 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center has a little something for all types of exercise enthusiasts. From bikers to runners, from swimmers to lifters, the gym offers equipment and facilities for a myriad of workouts. One group they cater to is parents. The Benko Fitness and Sports Center Munchkin Room is the only child-friendly area…

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TRICARE moves forward with Prime service area reductions

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options. They will…

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