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AF improves its personnel reliability program

Posted March 20, 2014 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia and Joel Fortner

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Changes are coming to the Air Force’s program used to ensure personnel who perform nuclear-related duties are of sound mind and body on the job. The decades-old Personnel Reliability Program, or PRP, is used by all branches of service with duties tied to nuclear weapons to ensure personnel are reliable to perform nuclear-related responsibilities,…

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New nutrition: MCAHC tips on health

Posted March 20, 2014 by Senior Airman Austin Harvill

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  – In the Department of Defense Total Force Fitness diagram, nutrition represents one of the eight main concepts of fitness. National Nutrition Month takes place during March, and Service members looking to improve their nutritional fitness have options to change their habits in healthy, easy-to-manage ways, said Mary Rewinski, McDonald Army Health Center dietician….

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Personally training D-M

Posted March 20, 2014 by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie

Are you lacking the motivation to keep yourself fit to fight? Well, the 355th Force Support Squadron has a solution for you; personal trainers. A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They help motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. D-M personal trainers also…

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Eye injuries avoidable, doctor says

Posted March 14, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – March is National Save Your Vision Month, and the Defense Department wants service members to take care of their eyes by wearing eye protection when performing dangerous work, reducing eye strain and routinely undergoing eye examinations. Dr. Robert Mazzoli, an ophthalmologist at the Vision Center of Excellence at Madigan Army Medical Center in…

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Drug misuse, abuse: No excuse

Posted March 7, 2014 by Senior Airman Cortney Paxton

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) – Airmen have a duty to uphold and must be “fit to fight.” Maintaining that fit lifestyle means routine health checkups, having a proper diet, exercise and sometimes using medications to combat illness and physical ailments.  While picking up an over-the-counter medication at the local drug store or being prescribed…

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Surviving the summer in Arizona

Posted March 7, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

With summer on the way, there are a few extra precautions that Airmen and their families should take before heading outdoors.  Tech. Sgt. Mathew Anderson, 355th Fighter Wing ground safety noncommissioned officer, and Cindy Davis, the Health and Wellness Center’s community dietician share helpful tips to keep Airmen safe during the Arizona summer. “When school…

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Simple tips Airmen should ‘take to heart’

Posted February 27, 2014 by Senior Airman Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — February is designated American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health, a growing problem within the Air Force, according to a cardiology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general. Lt. Col. Samuel O. Jones said that in the medical community, heart issues are no…

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Giving blood on the flightline

Posted February 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class B. Chevalier

According to the American Red Cross website, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. The 355th Maintenance Group had the chance to help fill these donation needs while working on the flightline, Feb. 14. Master Sgt. Wayne Gibbs, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Jackie Pryor-Walters, 355th Dental…

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Military saves week encourages fiscal fitness

Posted February 27, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Now in its eighth year of partnership with America Saves Week, the Defense Department’s Military Saves Week begins today to help service members achieve financial security, flexibility and confidence, a Pentagon official said in a telephone news conference here Feb. 24. The partnership initiatives continue to gain ground, with nearly 159,000 military members and…

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Electronic cigarette use increasing among Airmen

Posted February 27, 2014 by Air Force Medical Support

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  – Electronic cigarette use is becoming a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the upward trend is becoming a concern for health care providers. The battery-operated products, known as e-cigarettes, are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals as a vapor that is inhaled by the user. According to data from the…

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