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Know what men’s health screenings you need

Posted June 27, 2014 by Karen Carstens

Practicing prevention by getting routine screenings from your doctor is one of the best ways to nip health problems in the bud. But according to Maj. (Dr.) Christopher Bunt, director of the University Family Health Center at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, men sometimes skip such potentially life-saving screenings….

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Great American Smokeout: Nov. 20

Posted November 14, 2014 by

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop using tobacco and…

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TRICARE offers a plethora of pharmacy choices

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Kristin Shives

TRICARE beneficiaries have plenty of pharmacy options, including military pharmacies, TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and 56,000 network pharmacies. Wondering which option to choose? Military treatment facility pharmacies fill prescriptions free of charge, up to a 90-day supply for most medications. Not all medications are available at MTF pharmacies, but beneficiaries can use the TRICARE formulary…

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Family, Medical Leave Act expands protections for military families

Posted February 15, 2013 by 1st Lt. Andre J. Bowser

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. — More support has been extended to military dependents through expansions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which include unpaid, job-protected time off for care of injured servicemembers or veterans and activities arising from a servicemember’s deployment. While family members of the U.S. Armed Forces have enjoyed entitlements…

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Airmen asked to participate in DOD anti-tobacco video competition

Posted August 23, 2013 by Courtesy of Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

The Department of Defense, Health Affairs, has recently announced a new countermarketing video competition that aims to target tobacco as an enemy of the military that degrades service members’ health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity. The competition entitled, “Fight the Enemy,” will run until Oct. 15 and is open to all uniformed DOD personnel, families and DOD civilians, who may submit…

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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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‘Final Rule’ offers broader mental health care coverage

Posted August 1, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency (DHA) official said here today. In an interview with DOD News, Dr. John Davison, DHA’s behavioral health branch chief, said the so-called “Final Rule,” published yesterday, will go into…

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Six Tips for Reducing Tax-Time Stress

Posted March 27, 2012 by Staff

Tax preparation doesn’t need to give you a headache. There are several ways to make it easier on yourself. The IRS offers six tips to help make your tax-filing experience a breeze this year. 1. Don’t procrastinate. Resist the temptation to put off your taxes until the very last minute. Rushing to meet the filing…

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You, West Nile Virus and mosquitoes

Posted September 7, 2012 by by Nancy J. Driscoll

In response to a recent surge of West Nile Virus, an illness transferred to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, Nancy Driscoll arranged a fact sheet to assist with answering questions that may be of concern to the Team March population. The upcoming Operational Readiness Exercise will be conducted in Gulfport, Miss., so…

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Prepare to survive: Preparation and hydration

Posted April 26, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

A major earthquake has just ravaged southern California, leaving inhabitants with very limited resources. As blessings are counted, attention must now turn toward sustaining life. The most important resource you will need is water. Lack of safe drinking water can be deadly. On average, most people begin feeling the effects of dehydration after exceeding 36…

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