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Suicide Prevention Month: A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted September 5, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

8/27/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of…

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HEALTHY BASE INITIATIVE: Psychological First Aid Kit

Posted September 5, 2014 by Christina Koch

We may think of being healthy as keeping in shape physically, but part of our overall health is mental. The following article, from http://www.mentalhealth.gov/blog/2014/08/psychological-first-aid-kit.html addresses this topic as it relates to children, but the same can apply to base personnel. Psychological First Aid, also known as PFA, is an intervention model to help people of…

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Official says: Tobacco use harms military readiness

Posted August 22, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster III, as part of Mega-Code 14, a joint medical training exercise held at the base July 26, 2014. Mega-Code 14 is designed to…

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Access to Care

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made…

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Flu season just around corner

Posted August 15, 2014 by Maj. David Haupt

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and flu season is just around the corner. Although seasonal flu usually peaks in January or February, it can occur as early as October which means our annual Flu Campaign is ramping up. According to the FLU.gov website, the seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness…

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Regular exercise can help kids do better in school

Posted August 8, 2014 by

Photo courtesy/StatePoint Media (StatePoint) Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well. In fact, kindergarteners who participated in Build Our Kids’…

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NAME THAT DISH!

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The Hap Arnold Club Backstreet Café will be hosting a “Name That Dish” contest in support of the March ARB Healthy Base Initiative. Each of these six new healthy, low calorie creations need a new name, one that embodies the culture and community of March ARB. The contest begins August 11, when the first dish…

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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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Gluten-free diet won’t make you thin

Posted July 25, 2014 by Jackie Fishman

What runs through your mind when you see the words “gluten-free” plastered on your favorite bag of chips in the store? Do you wonder if something inside the bag has changed? “Gluten-free” products are filling the market now that the diet has become popular. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats and barley….

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