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Simple tips Airmen should ‘take to heart’

Posted February 27, 2014 by Senior Airman Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — February is designated American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health, a growing problem within the Air Force, according to a cardiology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general. Lt. Col. Samuel O. Jones said that in the medical community, heart issues are no…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Giving blood on the flightline

Posted February 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class B. Chevalier

According to the American Red Cross website, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. The 355th Maintenance Group had the chance to help fill these donation needs while working on the flightline, Feb. 14. Master Sgt. Wayne Gibbs, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Jackie Pryor-Walters, 355th Dental…

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Military saves week encourages fiscal fitness

Posted February 27, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Now in its eighth year of partnership with America Saves Week, the Defense Department’s Military Saves Week begins today to help service members achieve financial security, flexibility and confidence, a Pentagon official said in a telephone news conference here Feb. 24. The partnership initiatives continue to gain ground, with nearly 159,000 military members and…

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Electronic cigarette use increasing among Airmen

Posted February 27, 2014 by Air Force Medical Support

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  – Electronic cigarette use is becoming a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the upward trend is becoming a concern for health care providers. The battery-operated products, known as e-cigarettes, are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals as a vapor that is inhaled by the user. According to data from the…

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ANG immunization expert says flu shot still vital

Posted February 20, 2014 by Airman Halley Burgess

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AFNS) – It’s deep into flu season, and public health officials continue to work to spread the word about the importance of getting the flu shot, especially in light of a recent increase in a particularly severe flu strain affecting young adults. A recent World Health Organization advisory indicated that flu…

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TRICARE For Life begins notifications for pharmacy pilot program

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE For Life beneficiaries soon will receive letters guiding them to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions as part of a congressionally mandated pilot program, officials of the military health care plan said. TRICARE For Life is secondary coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have both Medicare…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)
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Airmen help other Airmen stay fit

Posted February 20, 2014 by Airman 1st Class C. Drzazgowski

The members of the Fitness Assessment Cell detail are responsible to ensure that Airmen here stay fit to fight during their enlistment. The FAC detail team is made up of Airmen who are designated Physical Training Leaders in their work areas. PTLs are responsible for helping fellow Airmen maintain physical fitness standards, by assembling challenging…

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Detecting spice: research continues at the Academy

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amy Gillentine

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The Navy has a promotional campaign warning against spice; the Army has allowed commanders to order mandatory drug-testing for the first time; and Airmen at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory are working to find ways to detect the substance in service members. Spice is a synthetic compound created…

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Join the Super Smile Team

Posted February 13, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Tamara Hennis, RDH

The month of February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  This year’s slogan is “Join the Super Smile Team!” Every year thousands of dedicated dental professionals promote good oral health and healthy eating habits to our children.  The 355th Dental Squadron is no exception. Each year, we reach out to our community to educate children on…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted January 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a…

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