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Airmen reminded to get TDAP

Posted December 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Nov. 17, 2012, more than 36,000 cases of pertussis and 16 pertussis-related deaths were reported this year. The Department of the Air Force mandated all personnel to receive the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, or…

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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted May 2, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While some Airmen dread taking physical fitness tests, there are ways to prepare for it. “One mistake I see from time to time are Airmen who do not prepare ahead of time for their physical fitness test, which can lead to either…

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Heat injuries — No time to get complacent

Posted August 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The high temperatures for Arizona through the month of August continue to stay in the low 100s. But, it’s only halfway through the summer and heat injuries can still happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, people who work in hot environments may be at risk for…

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Supplement safety website helps keep Airmen healthy, informed

Posted November 14, 2013 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON  — For peak performance, people should eat healthy and exercise regularly. But in their quest to gain an edge, many resort to dietary supplements. Enter Operation Supplement Safety, or OPSS. This Defense Department educational campaign, accessible at www.hprc-online.org/opss, is targeted at service members and healthcare providers, but is available to anyone looking for useful information…

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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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Old drug, new promise for PTSD nightmares

Posted June 19, 2014 by Christine Creenan-Jones

BETHESDA, Md. — Every day, thousands of American service members relive the trauma of war in their sleep. They hear explosions, see the carnage of battle erupt around them and feel the crushing weight of a painful combat memory resurface in their dreams. Unfortunately, frequent nightmares are common among service members with post-traumatic stress disorder….

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Keep sports safe

Posted September 18, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Playing sports is fun and it helps people keep in shape and relieve stress. However, if one is not careful, playing sports can result in injuries that keep Airmen on the sideline and out of work. “The main cause of sports-related injuries is over aggressive play and people going…

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Healthy, productive ways to cope with holiday stress

Posted December 18, 2014 by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — As the holiday season quickly approaches, many Airmen become stressed when they try to figure out how to deal with visiting families, preparing large meals and buying gifts for loved ones. For others, stress can manifest because this could be their first time away from family during the holidays. Different…

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Fight the Bite!

Posted June 14, 2012 by

In recent weeks, more people have been spending time out of the house to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Unfortunately, the warmth has also brought out the local mosquito population, which may be carrying diseases such as the West Nile Virus (WNV). So far, there is still no human vaccine for the WNV infection, and…

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D-M chapels increase spiritual health of Airmen, families

Posted September 27, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Spiritual health is one of the four pillars in Comprehensive Airman Fitness. One of the Air Force’s major resources in strengthening this component is the chapel systems. Be it a religious service or some morale-boosting down time, the services provided by D-M’s chapel are designed with Airmen and their families in mind. Davis-Monthan has two…

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