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Website teaches coping skills to military community

Posted August 15, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop an interactive online educational and life-coaching program. Moving Forward, at http://www.startmovingforward.org, is designed to teach problem-solving skills to members of the military community, Dr….

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New swim program offers effective way to increase aerobic activity

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Ariel Tumlinson

A new class being offered to base members here gives people the chance to improve their fitness through a different kind of workout. High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is an effective way to increase aerobic capacity. The new class uses swimming to help improve fitness dexterity. “It’s a non-impact, no load bearing activity,” said…

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Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom. Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians,…

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Perseverance: An Airman’s commitment to health, triathlon and career

Posted August 1, 2013 by 1st Lt. Bryant Davis

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – There’s a chill in the water of the pool contrasting the dry heat outside. Above the surface there is chaos, but Beneath the water there is a sense of solitude, leaving the swimmer alone with only her thoughts. Swimming laps requires constant focus – keeping the body streamlined, pushing muscles…

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355th MDG holds health, fitness fair

Posted July 25, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

The 355th Medical Group, Patient Education Function here held a Family Health and Fitness Fair July 19 at the base exchange. The PEF holds the fair every summer to give the 355th MDG and other base agencies a chance to connect with people outside of the work environment. Many base agencies were at the fair…

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Mobile app helps iPhone users ‘Be Ready’

Posted July 25, 2013 by John Burt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, is now available for download on most Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Previously offered for Motorola Android products only, this app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division, as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource. “This app provides…

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Pilot program enhances Autism care, treatment

Posted July 25, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD official said. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity met with reporters yesterday to…

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D-M’s Antiterrorism office

Posted July 18, 2013 by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths

Terrorism is an act meant to threaten and instill fear in people or societies. Many do not recognize warning signs or even know what to do in order to prevent an attack. The 355th Fighter Wing Antiterrorism office offers level-one Total Force Protection training, which provides general awareness. Airmen learn everything from dealing with an…

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Cheating Death: A story about second chances

Posted July 18, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Susan L. Davis

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) – May 27, 2012, is a day that Tech. Sgt. Mark Hopkins will never forget — even though it’s a day he can barely remember. It was the day he made a choice that drastically altered his life forever, and almost ended it in the process. “All I remember is…

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Special Victims’ Counsel provides advocacy, support for sexual assault survivors

Posted July 11, 2013 by Senior Airman Jason J. Brown

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – In continuing the war against sexual assault, the Air Force recently established the Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) Program, designed to give sexual assault survivors legal assistance in navigating the criminal justice system with help from lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. The SVCs provide direct legal advice to clients throughout…

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