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Airmen asked to participate in DOD anti-tobacco video competition

Posted August 22, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFMS) — The Department of Defense, Health Affairs, has recently announced a new countermarketing video competition that aims to target tobacco as an enemy of the military that degrades service members’ health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity. The competition entitled, “Fight the Enemy,” will run until Oct. 15 and is open to all uniformed DOD personnel, families and…

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Protect your smile with a mouth guard

Posted November 14, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Tamara Harris

Once again, its fall and that means sports! Whether it’s you, your buddies or your kids out there enjoying some football, soccer or another sport of your choice, it’s always wise to make sure you’re playing safe. Each year, thousands of athletes suffer sports injuries, with about one third being oral-related. Falls or hits to…

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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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Official explains changing health care providers

Posted June 19, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday. In a DOD News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their families to know there are several easy options to find new…

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VA develops mobile app “Concussion Coach”

Posted September 25, 2014 by

To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed “Concussion Coach,” a mobile application (“app”) that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies. The Concussion Coach…

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‘Tis the season to drink responsibly

Posted December 18, 2014 by Col. Maureen Harback

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life and I give thanks…

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Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

Posted April 30, 2015 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Health, fitness and energy are important considerations for all Airmen, but when does pursuing them result in potential and real problems? Supplements, health foods and energy drinks may be popular and even come with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that doesn’t ensure compliance with current…

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2011 Consumer Confidence Report for Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted June 14, 2012 by

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) and the 355th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight (BEF) are pleased to present to you the 2011 Annual Water Quality Report for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  This report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and is designed to provide details about…

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Exchange now accepting Medagate worldwide

Posted September 27, 2012 by Staff

DALLAS – As of Sept. 8, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is officially the first retailer to accept the Medagate Over the Counter (OTC) benefits card on a worldwide basis. Medagate is a card-based program provided by Medicare and Medicaid Services that enables merchants to accept payment at the register for medicine and…

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New TRICARE copays take effect

Posted January 31, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. E. Taylor Worley

TRICARE prescription copayments increased Feb. 1. The prescription costs are now based on the type of prescription and where it’s filled. According to www.tricare.mil, Congress signed the increases into law under the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name medications not filled at military pharmacies. Copays…

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