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Operation Live Well emphasizes personal choices

Posted May 30, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

The Defense Department’s (DOD) Operation Live Well initiative, a long-term campaign to make cultural change so that making a healthy choice becomes the easy choice, is showing success after just a year of existence, a Defense Health Agency official said yesterday. Public Health Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, program manager for the Defense Health Agency’s population…

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‘Lucky 13’ tips for a safe and happy Halloween

Posted October 31, 2014 by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Whether you’re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, poor costume choices—including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumes—and face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following the “lucky 13” guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control…

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Be ready: emergency management gets personal

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Capt. John T. Stamm

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  — In the Air Force, we are used to participating in safety drills designed to teach us emergency survival skills and techniques. That training started in grade school with fire and tornado drills that provided a nice diversion from class work and matured to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted December 14, 2012 by by Kathryn Iapichino

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  —  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. The Thrift Savings Plan is a long-term…

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Wingman Toolkit promotes healthy, balanced lifestyle

Posted July 12, 2013 by Ian Phillips

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — As members of the military family we all deal with stress. Work, relationships, and money are just a few examples of the things that are on our minds every day. Reservists have the additional responsibility of balancing civilian and military careers. Everyone deals with it differently though. Sometimes people…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Joseph Dangidang
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March medical officer briefs international comrades

Posted February 7, 2014 by Airman First Class J. Dangidang

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Joseph Dangidang Maj. Marissa Marquez, 752nd Medical Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., is an Air Force Reserve Command International Health Specialist. As such, she shares information and lessons learned with international colleagues in order to establish and enhance humanitarian assistance capabilities and health care services worldwide. Maj. Marissa…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David House
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Pacing program embodies Wingman concept

Posted July 18, 2014 by Sean Dath

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David House Staff Sgt Joey William, 452 Force Support Squadron (right) helps fellow Airmen keep pace during a timed run at the March ARB running track, June 28. William is one of several volunteers who provides motivation to runners as part of the Rising Six pacing program. Airmen at March…

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‘Tis the season for holiday health

Posted December 12, 2014 by

The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season. Wash your hands often. Keeping hands…

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Stay up-to-date on immunizations before heading back to school

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Charlotte Caldwell

Immunizations are the most effective way to prevent disease and complications from disease, especially among young children. August is Immunization Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure children have gotten their recommended immunizations before heading back to school. Most primary schools in the United States require students to have an annual physical and to…

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Air Force reservists and retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

WASHINGTON, D. C. — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees, including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists that retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray-area.” This is the waiting period…

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