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AF announces PT test enhancements to start Oct. 1

Posted August 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salinitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1. In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need…

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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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Parents follow the yellow brick road to fitness

Posted August 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center has a little something for all types of exercise enthusiasts. From bikers to runners, from swimmers to lifters, the gym offers equipment and facilities for a myriad of workouts. One group they cater to is parents. The Benko Fitness and Sports Center Munchkin Room is the only child-friendly area…

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TRICARE moves forward with Prime service area reductions

Posted August 15, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options. They will…

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Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school

Posted August 15, 2013 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 12. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program offers enlisted…

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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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Website teaches coping skills to military community

Posted August 15, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop an interactive online educational and life-coaching program. Moving Forward, at http://www.startmovingforward.org, is designed to teach problem-solving skills to members of the military community, Dr….

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New swim program offers effective way to increase aerobic activity

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Ariel Tumlinson

A new class being offered to base members here gives people the chance to improve their fitness through a different kind of workout. High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is an effective way to increase aerobic capacity. The new class uses swimming to help improve fitness dexterity. “It’s a non-impact, no load bearing activity,” said…

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Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom. Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians,…

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Perseverance: An Airman’s commitment to health, triathlon and career

Posted August 1, 2013 by 1st Lt. Bryant Davis

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – There’s a chill in the water of the pool contrasting the dry heat outside. Above the surface there is chaos, but Beneath the water there is a sense of solitude, leaving the swimmer alone with only her thoughts. Swimming laps requires constant focus – keeping the body streamlined, pushing muscles…

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