Health & Safety

January 25, 2013

AFMC to promote American Heart Month in February

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and the importance of heart health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; approximately one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke.

You can take action for your health and lower your risk of developing heart disease by:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Monitoring your blood pressure
  • Limiting the amount of dietary fat, cholesterol, and alcohol you consume
  • Exercising regularly
  • Not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Managing stress
  • Knowing your numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose

 

Civilian Health Promotion Services will be conducting heart-healthy activities during American Heart Month to help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of heart healthy lifestyle habits. Activities include:

  • The Heart and Sole Walking Initiative for physical activity
  • Heart-healthy education classes for awareness and prevention
  • Cardiac Risk Profile Wellness Screenings to monitor for risk factors (for Department of Defense civilians only)

 

During the month of February, Air Force Materiel Command will be promoting the Heart and Sole Walking Initiative. This initiative involves the use of the AFMC Wellness Support Center website (http://www.afmcwellness.com) and the Pedometer Walking Program. The goal of the initiative is to log steps into the Pedometer Walking Program five days a week during the month, for a total of 140,000 steps. Participants who complete this task will receive a travel fitness kit. The Heart and Sole Walking Initiative is open to AFMC active duty military and appropriated-fund civilian employees.

To sign up for the Heart and Sole Walking Initiative, visit http://www.afmcwellness.com or contact your local CHPS team for more information.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
flu

Flu season: What you need to know

Flu is officially upon us. If you have ever had the flu, you know it can knock you out ó with members of your family, friends and co-workers not far behind. Today, it’s more important than ever to get your facts straight...
 
 
driving-safety

Driving safely on snow or icy roads

Unless you’re traveling through the mountains of Southern California in the winter, driving in the snow doesn’t occur very often. First off, don’t assume your vehicle can handle any road condition. Even four-w...
 
 

Thinking about urgent care? The Nurse Advice Line Can Help

When an urgent health problem arises, it is hard to know whether you should try to tough it out or seek medical care. Luckily, TRICARE beneficiaries can call the Nurse Advice Line to get advice on their health care questions. Not all health problems require a visit with a medical specialist but a Registered Nurse...
 

 

AADD offers safe, free, anonymous alternative to drunk driving

Edwards cares about the safety of its Airmen both on and off duty. The Airman Against Drunk Driving program reduces drunk driving at Edwards AFB and in surrounding communities by offering people a safe, free, and anonymous alternative. Safe rides are offered to both military and†DOD civilians. Individuals can call 661-277-AADD or 661-275-AADD to request...
 
 

AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of Defense General Counsel. A...
 
 

Eagle Eyes promotes community’s involvement in security

Security forces defend the base, but everyone can help ensure Edwards Air Force Base is safe and sound through the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Eagle Eyes program. Law enforcement officers rely on the eyes and ears of the entire community. If Airmen or citizens notice anything out of the norm or suspicious, either...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>