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Creating a lifestyle of health and fitness

Posted April 18, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Neil Ballecer Senior Airman Coral Williams, 163rd Comptroller Flight, begins a run on the March Air Reserve Base track, April 7. Running is one of the many cardiovascular exercises Williams participates in to stay in shape. She has made exercise a habit in her life, constantly seeking new challenges, goals…

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Preparation essential for those living in “Earthquake Country”

Posted April 11, 2014 by by Robert J. Kaschak

While we continually stress the fact we live in earthquake country, the last couple of weeks have certainly lent credence to that statement. Seismic activity in the California area to include Los Angeles, La Habra and Fortuna, Calif., over the past several weeks is a stark reminder of our vulnerability to the potential destructive power…

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Military officials take aim at tobacco use

Posted April 11, 2014 by Marie-Reine Maroun

Military health officials have set an ambitious goal: to have all Department of Defense installations tobacco-free by the year 2020. That’s one part of a larger effort to cut tobacco use among service members and veterans, said Col. John Oh, Health Promotion chief at the Air Force Medical Support Agency. Tobacco has long been known…

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DEOMI releases 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month poster

Posted April 4, 2014 by

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, observed each year during the month of April, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), announce original artwork available for download from the DEOMI public website, www.deomi.org and from the…

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Diet face-off: How 7 nutrition trends stack up

Posted April 4, 2014 by Patricia Kime

The fight against fat has morphed into a battle of diets with disciples ardently promoting or defending their choices. The experts may never agree on the “perfect” diet for weight maintenance, proper nutrition and optimal health, although some menus are better than others. But the diet-savvy do agree on this: Find something that works for…

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Tennis helps Airman stay ‘Fit 2 Fight’

Posted March 28, 2014 by Lt. Col. Scipiaruth Kendall Curtis

Courtesy Photo 452 AMW Wing Process Manager, Lt. Col. Scipiaruth Curtis has been an avid tennis player for more than seven years. Curtis uses her love of the sport to improve her overall physical conditioning, keeping her in line with the Air Force’s ‘Fit 2 Fight’ program. I have been playing tennis for about seven…

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AF healthcare messaging service now fully implemented

Posted March 28, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

The Air Force has recently completed implementation of its secure healthcare-messaging system, MiCare, to all 76 of its medical treatment facilities worldwide. As of March 1, more than 360,000 Air Force healthcare beneficiaries and 2,300 providers have signed up for this service, which allows the patient and provider to communicate on a secure network regarding…

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Brain Injury Awareness month: Understanding TBI

Posted March 21, 2014 by Dr. Lanier Summerall

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The Department of Defense and the Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center estimate that 22 percent of all combat casualties from these conflicts are brain injuries, compared to 12 percent of Vietnam related combat casualties….

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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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Simple tips Airmen should ‘take to heart’

Posted February 28, 2014 by Senior Airman Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — February is designated American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health, a growing problem within the Air Force, according to a cardiology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general. Lt. Col. Samuel O. Jones said that in the medical community, heart issues are no…

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