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Giving kids a boost

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Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Staff Sgt. Erin Watson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, receives a new booster seat Aug. 30 after being briefed on its proper use and installation by Senior Airman Jessica Crotta, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, during the Booster Bash at Luke Air Force Base. A new law went into effect Aug….

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Make immune system healthy, strong

Posted September 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

The body’s immune system has many jobs, including fighting against bacteria, parasites and fungi; it is also essential in keeping the body healthy from infection. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that together prevent and defend against attacks to the body, according to Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical…

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SFS turns to traumatic stress expert for help

Posted September 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Courtesy photo Susan Simons, Under the Shield president, speaks to personnel from the 56th Security Forces Squadron along with members of local law enforcement agencies Aug. 29 at the military working dog kennels on Luke Air Force Base. Simons works with the 56th SFS and local police Wednesdays teaching them how to be mentally prepared…

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Ounce of pest prevention worth pound of bug killer

Posted September 7, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

There are many positive aspects of living in Arizona like sunshine and beautiful scenery, but the one thing not many enjoy is the surprise visits from pests such as cockroaches, ants and scorpions. Although most people don’t want pests in their homes, the pests have reasons to want to be there. “Pests want food, water…

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10 ways to work exercise into your life

Posted September 7, 2012 by by SHARI LOPATIN and MEGHEAN COOK

Between a job, children and maybe even a deployed spouse, you often wonder how you can exercise more, or even at all. Perhaps if the day expanded to 48 hours, regular exercise would seem more reasonable. Since that won’t happen, here are some tips to work more exercise into your busy life. 1. Make it a…

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‘Deadly Quartet’ harmful to health

Posted September 7, 2012 by Courtesy of TriWest Healthcare Alliance

You may have heard of musical quartets, some of them famous singing groups (Beatles, anyone?). But did you know one particular quartet can be harmful to your health? It’s known as the “four chronic conditions”— or the Deadly Quartet. And when this group of health issues comes together, the last thing you’ll hear is music….

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Critical days near end, safety still important

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Senior Airman C.J. HATCH

The critical days of summer may be ending, but safety should still be considered and Airmen should continue to be safety smart. During the critical days of summer campaign the Air Force focused on ways Airmen can stay safe during a time of statistically high safety incidents. The campaign included 15 weeks of safety messages…

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West Nile Virus prevention

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

In the peak of summer dealing with itchy mosquito bites can be irritating, but getting bit by a mosquito with West Nile Virus can cause more than temporary irritation. It can be life-threatening. As of Tuesday, Arizona has had seven cases of the disease that involved the nervous system and five that did not, and…

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Run to get fit, warrior ready: Keep safety in mind

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Senior Airman C.J. HATCH

Running is part of the physical training test and as such, many people on Luke Air Force Base spend much of their PT time running, whether it be on the track or around the base. Running has many health benefits but done incorrectly can cause injuries ranging from blisters to serious life-threatening circumstances. “Proper footwear…

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It’s not all about cardio

Posted August 17, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

When one thinks about getting a fit, toned body what comes to mind may be spending countless hours on the treadmill or track, since it’s said that cardio is the most effective way to burn fat and calories. But what one may not know is strength training is equally important....

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