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Summer safety critical for summer fun

Posted May 31, 2013 by TRICARE Management Activity

For many, Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start of summer. There are backyard barbecues, road trips to the beach or just lazy days under the hazy summer sun. Summer is a time to unwind and enjoy mild temperatures and great weather, as long as vacationers are mindful of the dangers of summer sun. Sunburns,…

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips from the U.S. Fire Administration

Posted November 15, 2013 by John Martin

As with many holidays, fire incidents increase on Thanksgiving Day. Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL), considers turkey fryers to be dangerous and present numerous hazards to consumers. Last year, nearly 4,300 fires occurred on Thanksgiving Day, causing 15 deaths and property damage in excess of $27 million. Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of residential…

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The effects of nicotine addiction on your health

Posted June 13, 2014 by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

photo courtesy/smokefree.gov Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco can be a long, tough process, and you’ll need all the help you can get. But the more information and resources you have, the more likely you are to succeed. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many…

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Lottery Sweepstakes Scam

Posted July 6, 2012 by TRICARE program integrity office

TRICARE Program Integrity has become aware of a Lottery Sweepstakes Scam in which fraudulent checks bearing the TRICARE name are being utilized. Individuals are contacted via mail with a letter informing them that they are “winners” of a USA Lottery Sweepstakes for $250,000. Accompanying the letter is a fraudulent check bearing the TRICARE name. The…

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Maintain mission readiness: Combat illness with flu shot!

Posted January 18, 2013 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Influenza, commonly called the “flu,” is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Influenza is a serious disease that…

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Handling the heat, tips for health and home

Posted July 19, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

For the past several weeks, we have focused primarily on heat-related articles, and given that we that we are in the middle of our southern California summer, it seems appropriate that we continue along those lines of thinking. Let’s explore some things you might consider on a personal level in order to cope with the…

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A healthy heart

Posted February 7, 2014 by

February is American Heart Month and this year the Centers for Disease Control is offering weekly tips for better heart health. Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die…

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Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award announced

Posted July 18, 2014 by DOD News

Defense Department officials today announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions that advance the department’s goals of preventing sexual assault. Core elements of the military’s strategy to prevent sexual assault include the promotion of innovative ideas and enhanced collaboration among the services, officials said. In May, Defense Secretary…

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Agility in a contaminated environment

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

When the Air Force initially tackled the challenge of protecting personnel and assets from chemical weapons, the process involved placing the entire installation in MOPP 4 condition status. Due to limited knowledge of the threat, we erred on the side of conservatism, which inflicted a heavy burden on the base populace when performing critical tasks….

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Preparing to survive: Family matters

Posted April 5, 2013 by Robert J. Kaschak

Family preparation is paramount for survival during any type of major disaster. In addition to personal issues, other items require attention in the household. One of the serious outcomes of a major earthquake is flying debris. Therefore, it makes good sense to secure items in the home that may become potential hazards during such an…

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