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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 changes to Nexium coverage

Posted May 8, 2017 by

Starting June 28, 2017, the drug Nexium will no longer be a TRICARE preferred, or formulary, drug. This means it will no longer be available in military pharmacies, and you will pay more if you get it through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a retail network pharmacy. Nexium is a brand name prescription drug often…

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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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Thanksgiving food preparation and safety tips

Posted November 20, 2015 by Staff Sergeant Jennifer Maddox

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass.  — The holiday season is here and the 66th Medical Squadron Public Health office would like to remind base personnel how to safely thaw, prepare and cook a holiday meal. Be mindful that improper storing and cooking may result in food-borne illness that can damper the holidays. Tips when shopping for and…

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Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force

Posted August 2, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals, communities and specific populations to help groups reduce their risk…

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Officials encourage precaution with flu symptoms prevalent

Posted January 9, 2015 by Air Force Medical Service

Flu season is in full swing and health care professionals have seen an uptick in the number of patients reporting with flu-like symptoms. There are steps that can be taken to protect you and your family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that normally influenza activity is at its peak during the months…

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SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course

Posted May 15, 2017 by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski

Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators.

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