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Sexual assault survivor: ‘You are not alone’

Posted April 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Nancy Kasberg

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — I remember the day like it was yesterday. My heartbeat echoed in my head as I attempted to dry my sweaty hands on my jeans. I was 21 years old, sitting in a Korean court room, waiting to be questioned by prosecutors. How I ended up there was unreal….

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Air Force’s updated policy further promotes tobacco-free environments

Posted April 10, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has led the military in advancing innovative tobacco control policies, such as the tobacco-free medical campus and prohibiting tobacco use outside “designated tobacco areas”. Now, an updated Air Force Instruction, published in March, seeks to further reduce health impacts from smoking, the nation’s leading cause of death. “The Air…

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Ongoing fitness lifestyle promotes healthy recovery

Posted April 2, 2015 by Linda Welz

Capt. Linda Baltes Monsolillo, 752nd Medical Squadron biomedical science officer, is no stranger to fitness. As a fitness model and personal trainer, her healthy lifestyle is the reason she said she bounced back so quickly after her Feb. 15, 2015 delivery of a healthy 9 pound, 2 ounce baby girl, Emerson Zoe.

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“Let go of the “fro”

Posted March 20, 2015 by Lt. Col. Thomas Hundley

When I was four years old, my mother would take me to my grandmother’s house every morning while she went to work. Now this was my mom’s mother, and she was one of those “no-nonsense, strong-willed, ’Homey don’t play that” type of woman. I’m talking about the kind of woman whose presence was so dominant…

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Kicking Butts for Points launches at six Healthy Base Initiative sites

Posted March 13, 2015 by

It may not be a patch or a pill that helps you quit using tobacco, but your smartphone instead. The Department of Defense Healthy Base Initiative is piloting an innovative approach to improve knowledge and change attitudes towards tobacco to support tobacco-free living in the military. Through a partnership with the National Institutes of Health,…

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March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted March 13, 2015 by by Karen S. Guice, M.D., M.P.P.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Often called one of the “invisible wounds of war,” traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Anyone can suffer a TBI, it can happen on the sports field, in your home, or on the job. During…

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted March 6, 2015 by

(compiled by Linda Welz from www.Cancer.gov) Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon. The colon is part of the body’s digestive system. The digestive system removes and processes nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water) from foods and helps pass waste material out of…

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Build a healthy meal

Posted March 6, 2015 by

A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Think about how you can adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories. And don’t forget dairy—make it the beverage with your meal or add fat-free or low-fat dairy products…

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452 AMW QUARTERLY AWARD WINNERS

Posted February 27, 2015 by

2nd Lt. Jim Lambert, 452nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Quarter Senior Airman Anahi Ledezma, 452nd Communications Squadron Airman of the Quarter Staff Sgt. Paul Bugar, 729th Airlift Squadron NCO of the Quarter Master Sgt. John R. Hershey Jr., 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron SNCO of the Quarter

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Dietary supplements: How safe are they really?

Posted February 27, 2015 by Col. Brendan Donoghue,

Walk into a health food store today and you can be overwhelmed by shelves piled with dietary supplements. What’s going on?

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