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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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Stretching muscles no small matter

Posted August 10, 2012 by Photo and story by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

There are various opinions out there in the fitness world on whether one should stretch before or after a workout. The answers may vary depending on who you ask, but here’s what the experts at Luke Air Force Base have to say.

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Back-to-School? Don’t Forget This!

Posted August 10, 2012 by By Shari Lopatin

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that most children be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, and measles, mumps and rubella (all in one shot!) All of these diseases can cause serious health problems … and many schools won’t allow children to attend unless they are current on their vaccinations. TRICARE will cover…

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Back-to-school: watch out for kids on roads

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Senior Airman C.J. HATCH

Every August thousands of children ages 5 to 18 take to the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session which means school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for children,” said Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager. “There is a mass exodus…

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Living a ‘balanced’ life…

Posted August 10, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Master Sgt. Percel Crudup, 56th Medical Operations Squadron surgical services flight chief, demonstrates the Trazer at physical therapy.

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Protecting skin from sun full time job

Posted August 3, 2012 by By Senior Airman C.J. Hatch

The sun in Arizona beats down almost all year long. The thing that brings many people to the state can also be harmful to one’s health if precautions are not taken. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website www.skincancer.org, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. More…

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Make immune system healthy, strong

Posted August 3, 2012 by 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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Ouch!

Posted August 3, 2012 by anradmin

Airman 1st Class Joel Dominguez Correa, 56th Medical Operations Squadron ambulance operations, gives Osvaldo Almeida-Sanchez, 15, his hepatitis A and chicken pox vaccines at Luke Air Force Base July 17.

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