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Increasing skirt sizes may hike your breast cancer risk

Posted October 10, 2014 by Office on Women’s Health

If you want to minimize your chances of developing breast cancer, staying the same skirt size over the years might help, a new study suggests. “Our study has shown that an increase of one size every 10 years between 25 and postmenopausal age [over 60] is associated with an increase of breast cancer [risk] in…

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Preventing childhood obesity through awareness

Posted September 26, 2014 by Shellie Y. Pfohl and Rear Adm. Boris D. Lushniak

Each September, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we renew our efforts to reverse the continuing crisis of obesity among our nation’s youth. Every child, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic background, or ability, should have equal access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities. The epidemic of childhood obesity threatens the future of our young…

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A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted September 19, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s 24/7, 365-day responsibility to…

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Online risk assessment offers ways to evaluate, improve health

Posted September 19, 2014 by Air Force Materiel Command Wellness Support Center

How well do you know yourself? Poor health is not always obvious. Even people who appear healthy can be at risk for medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is a multi-faceted interactive tool offered online at www.afmcwellness.com. Below are some frequently asked…

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Comprehensive Airman Fitness: A lifestyle and culture

Posted September 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Comprehensive Airman Fitness (CAF) is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices. The program’s goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness. The new…

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Suicide Prevention Month: A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted September 5, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

8/27/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of…

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HEALTHY BASE INITIATIVE: Psychological First Aid Kit

Posted September 5, 2014 by Christina Koch

We may think of being healthy as keeping in shape physically, but part of our overall health is mental. The following article, from http://www.mentalhealth.gov/blog/2014/08/psychological-first-aid-kit.html addresses this topic as it relates to children, but the same can apply to base personnel. Psychological First Aid, also known as PFA, is an intervention model to help people of…

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Official says: Tobacco use harms military readiness

Posted August 22, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster III, as part of Mega-Code 14, a joint medical training exercise held at the base July 26, 2014. Mega-Code 14 is designed to…

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Access to Care

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made…

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