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Prepare to survive: Food for thought

Posted April 19, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

As with any major earthquake, the damage will be substantial and the recovery process lengthy. Daily routines will be severely impacted; therefore, being able to sustain basic needs, such as maintaining food and water supplies, will become significant events, requiring managing by all survivors. Now, would be a good time to examine what stored supplies…

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Healthy Base Initiative takes flight

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Lt. Col. Walter Scherer, 922nd Civil Engineer Flight, attempts flyboarding during a recent RecOn outing with Outdoor Recreation, Sep. 14 at Big Bear Lake, Calif. Scherer said the (RecOn) program “definitely helped me, my wife and daughter with the reintegration process following my nearly one-year-long separation while I was deployed to Afghanistan.” Although the RecOn…

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Facts about home holiday fires

Posted December 6, 2013 by Inspector Timothy Williams

The holiday season is usually a happy season. However, if you take a short cut where safety is concerned, it could turn tragic. One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Reported…

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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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Child seat safety

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Jeremy Maddox

Summer is upon us and for some of our Airmen that means a lot of vacation travel time with the family. While some choose to fly to their destinations, others opt for the classic road trip, especially if they are traveling with infants or toddlers. To ensure the safety of our small children while driving,…

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Statistics from the Air Force Safety Center prompt caution

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Bill “Top” Parsons

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — In fiscal year 2012, the Air Force lost 18 Airmen due to motorcycle mishaps. Eleven of those 18 operators were found to be at fault. Additionally, there were two Private Motor Vehicle-Motorcycle mishaps resulting in permanent total disability. More than 200 motorcycle mishaps (Class A, B, C and D)…

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The physiological effects of leisure

Posted June 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Noelle E. Reyes

If you’re looking for just another reason to take a break, here it is! According to a 2009 study conducted by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, participation in regular leisure activities can help to prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk factors of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Just as studying or working…

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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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