Health & Safety

November 19, 2015

November: Warrior Care Month

About staying healthy all year-long

Courtesy of www.afmedicine

This year’s theme for Warrior Care Month is “Show of Strength.”

On Nov. 5, 2008, then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates established November as Warrior Care Month. He said Warrior Care Month is a, “Defense Department-wide effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members, their families, and those who care about them.” Secretary Gates charged DOD to “continue to make it easier for our troops and their families to take advantage of all the assistance now available to them.”

DiabetesAwareness Month

  • People at high risk for diabetes can delay and possibly prevent the disease by losing a small amount of weight (5 to 7 percent of total body weight) through 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week and healthier eating?
  • Diabetes affects nearly 30 million in the U.S. today. That’s nearly 10 percent of the population.
  • Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Stress can have a negative effect on those living with diabetes. Combat stress with the Wingman Toolkit at

Smoking cessation

The Military Health System has designated November as Smoking Cessation Month as an opportunity to increase awareness of service members, family members and employees of the benefits of tobacco-free living. Tobacco-free living is avoiding use of all types of tobacco products — including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes and hookahs — and also living free from secondhand smoke exposure.

Planning a Thanksgiving feast?

  • Remember to get some healthy items on the menu. Visit AFMedicine.AF.Mil for some healthy recipes that are sure to bring the family together.
  • Check out the Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating brought to you by Air Force Fit Family at
  • Stress eating can sabotage weight-loss efforts, but you can gain control. Go to  #StressAwareness #AFMS #AFFit15.
  • Need help sticking to a fitness routine over the hectic holiday season? Check out tips #AFFit15 #StressAwareness #AFMS

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