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Obstructive sleep apnea steals a good night’s slumber

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Kristin Shives

Do you hit the snooze button when the alarm sounds in the morning? Are you dozing off during morning meetings at work? Has yawning excessively throughout the day become more common? If so, these could be symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition millions of American adults have, according to the National Institutes of…

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Welcome packets are next step in TRICARE West Region transition

Posted March 8, 2013 by TRICARE Management Activity

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries should keep their eyes on their mailboxes. UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, the incoming West Region health care support contractor, will be sending out welcome packages in early March. The welcome packets include contact information for UnitedHealthcare, where to file claims and information on continuing automatic payments, new…

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PT test enhancements start Oct. 1

Posted August 23, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salinitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1. In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need…

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Electronic cigarette use increasing among Airmen

Posted March 14, 2014 by Air Force Medical Support Agency Health Promotions

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Electronic cigarette use is becoming a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the upward trend is becoming a concern for health care providers. The battery-operated products, known as e-cigarettes, are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals as a vapor that is inhaled by the user. According to data from…

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NAME THAT DISH!

Posted August 8, 2014 by

The Hap Arnold Club Backstreet Café will be hosting a “Name That Dish” contest in support of the March ARB Healthy Base Initiative. Each of these six new healthy, low calorie creations need a new name, one that embodies the culture and community of March ARB. The contest begins August 11, when the first dish…

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Build a better body through strength training

Posted December 19, 2014 by

Strength training, also called weight training, boosts your metabolism by adding lean muscle, helping you lose weight and keep it off. It can also prevent diabetes, fight aging, keep your bones strong, protect your memory, lower cholesterol and ease many types of chronic pain, including back pain. Beginning a weight-training program is a task many…

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Fitness at a glance – It’s all about timing!

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Ever notice how your anxiety tends to increase around your fitness assessment time (FA)? It is amazing that in 20 minutes (or less) your FA is over, but your anxiety level has cumulatively increased over the 30-90 days (or more) preparing for the FA! There has got to be a cure, and I think I…

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Crosswalk safety a shared responsibility

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

Most have heard and understand the importance of not drinking and driving, but how about not drinking and walking? A surprising statistic from the Automobile Club of Southern California is that 35 percent of all fatal car-pedestrian…

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Websites teach kids how to deal with bullying

Posted September 7, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The start of school is a good time to talk to children about the complicated and heartbreaking problem of bullying. Fortunately, there are at least two good websites devoted to the cause. The Federal Partners for Bullying Prevention website, http://stopbullying.challenge.gov/, created by the Health Resources and Services Administration and its eight partner…

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Preparing to survive: Vehicle preparation

Posted May 3, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

Los Angeles, Calif., was recently named as the number one traffic-congested city in the country. This dubious honor is no surprise to southern Californians, especially to those who commute on a daily basis. The freeways are constantly crowded, so planning driving routes around peak commute times is a way of life here in the southland….

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