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Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

Posted May 1, 2015 by Dave Smith

(U.S. Air Force Illustration/Staff Sgt. Miguel Lara III) When it comes to nutritional supplements, specifically fitness supplements designed to make the “Average Joe” into an athletic and more accepted physical specimen, they may not always be the safest choice to achieve their fitness goals. And while the benefits of these products can be long lasting…

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Mental maintenance: Tools to keep the mind fit

Posted April 1, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) — Airmen often go to the fitness center; some spend several hours a week toning their bodies, while others go to simply maintain their physique. But what about strengthening the mind? What’s going on in between the ears is just as important, if not more, than trying to build…

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TRICARE Online and MiCare have similarities, differences

Posted August 7, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE Online and MiCare Secure Messaging may seem to offer the same services, but there are important differences to these software tools, which are designed to enhance access to care for all military beneficiaries. “Both programs are endorsed by the Military Heath System, and although they may seem very similar, in actuality…

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New urgent care pilot program for prime beneficiaries

Posted July 30, 2016 by

To increase access to care, the Department of Defense launched an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program is for: • Active-duty service members, including National Guard or Reserve…

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The hazards of dietary supplements

Posted March 27, 2015 by Capt. Maggie Coppini

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE- Idaho — How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you been hitting the gym like you wanted to, modified your diet, or restocked your dietary supplement shelf? Before you throw some more money at protein shakes, diet pills, and energy drinks, I encourage you to research the products you’re buying…

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Posted April 7, 2016 by

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has sponsored Alcohol awareness month to reduce the stigma that is often coupled with alcoholism. Founded and sponsored by the NCADD, the month reaches out to American communities across the country to spread information about alcohol, alcoholism…

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Weight maintenance tips for holiday eating

Posted November 20, 2015 by Senior Airman Leticia Hopkins

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  — Upon walking through the door, the smell of fresh-out-of-the-oven, warm sugar cookies command your attention. To the left is a table full of delectable desserts as your mouth begins to water you look a little farther down and there sits a table set with all of the finest holiday foods imaginable….

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New Urgent Care Pilot Program for Prime Beneficiaries

Posted August 1, 2016 by

To increase access to care, the Department of Defense launched an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program is for: • Active-duty service members, including National Guard or Reserve…

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Brush, floss, repeat daily for good dental health

Posted February 13, 2015 by Capt. Benjamin Werner

Each February, the American Dental Association, or ADA, sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Regular dental visits should happen every…

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TRICARE improves mental health care, treatment

Posted April 19, 2016 by By TRICARE Staff

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — People in distress may hesitate to reach out for help due to perceived stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment. This perception and the belief that care may be hard to get, may prevent some people who need care from getting it. TRICARE has worked hard to eliminate potential barriers…

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