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Fit to fight or fighting to get fit?
March is typically focused on the madness of college basketball or growing a fabulous mustache. But it’s also a time to watch both what’s on the table during your favorite team’s game or on the verge of getting caught in that carefully groomed crumb catcher.
March is also National Nutrition Month, which means fad diets and eating bland, boring foods all the time, right?
“If you’re eating something you don’t like the taste of – even if it’s because you think it’s healthy for you – you’re not going to stick with a plan,” said Tiffany Harrison, 4th Aerospace Medical Squadron Health and Wellness Center dietitian. “We crave foods that have great taste, so if you’re consuming foods that are hard to get down, you’re not doing it right.”
Taste isn’t the only reason healthy diets have a tendency to get off track.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, one of the explanations why resolutions to lose weight are frequently broken is because people want to change too drastically at once instead of working their way up to their ultimate goal.
CHIEFchat is a recurring initiative, designed to give Airmen around the world a direct connection to the chief master sergeant of the Air Force.
The chief received questions via video message, social media outlets and from members of the studio audience.
During the open forum, an Airman connecting via video asked about potential changes to how master sergeants are selected in the future.
“We’re looking at … how we’re going to make this transition from the current way that we promote (technical) sergeants to master sergeants to what we are evolving to, and that is through a board process,” Cody said.
Cody said the board process would include a “hurdle system.” The first hurdle for technical sergeants will be the current WAPS system with minor modifications. Airmen who clear this hurdle will be considered under a board process similar to the way senior master sergeants and chief master sergeants are selected.
With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview.
Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, the personal property program director for U.S. Transportation Command’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, told the Pentagon Channel that peak moving season is a moving industry phenomenon in which government and private-sector moves compete for the same resources during busy summer months, typically between the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.
“Whether moving this summer or any time, do your homework, be flexible and know what your rights are,” Stanley said.
The main moving issue is volume, with most families opting to relocate after their children are out of school for the year, he said.
Stanley said the Defense Department conducted 520,000 moves last year, with about about 40 percent occurring from May 15 to Aug. 15, with similar numbers projected this year.
Stanley encouraged those with a permanent-change-of-station move on the horizon to propose multiple windows or dates for moving consideration.
The Air Force has recently completed implementation of its secure healthcare-messaging system, MiCare, to all 76 of its medical treatment facilities worldwide.As of March 1, more than 360,000 Air Force healthcare beneficiaries and 2,300 providers have signed up for this service, which allows the patient and provider to communicate on a secure network regarding nonurgent healthcare concerns.The MiCare network also allows beneficiaries to view their healthcare record, make appointments, fill prescriptions and allows providers to push important preventative care updates to the members.Overall, Airmen, their families and beneficiaries using MiCare can expect a decrease in trips to the MTF and more personal communication with their healthcare team.What’s happening with MiCare at the MTFs?”At the beginning of MiCare’s deployment, MTFs were instructed to have 25 percent of beneficiaries empaneled by three months and 50 percent within a year,” said Maria Faison, a Nurse Informatics, MiCare project manager with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. “However, we have had many MTFs surpass this goal within a couple months because the portal’s processes are now updated to allow users to E-register and be transferred more easily between MTFs during PCS season.”