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Health Benefits Program open season begins

Posted November 14, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program will run Nov. 10 through Dec. 8, officials announced recently. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire for…

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Exercise can improve your mental health

Posted November 7, 2014 by Health.mil

Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Michael Means You’re probably aware of the physical benefits of exercise, but exercise also plays a key role in mental health. It helps people manage stress and prevent or treat depression and anxiety, and it confers overall mental strength and resilience. What’s more, exercise is something almost everyone can do,…

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Evaluating detox diets: Do they actually work?

Posted October 31, 2014 by Health.mil

When it comes to detox diets, women are a prime target for marketers, who promise a wide range of health benefits including increased energy, focus and immune function. Weight loss claims are also made for some detox plans. Yet these diets are not scientifically proven to be effective. The basic idea is that detox diets…

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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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UltimateMe to help military families get healthier

Posted October 24, 2014 by

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) is working with the Sharecare team to support the launch of UltimateMe, a secure, personalized online wellness platform to help members of the military community assess, manage and improve their health and performance. The new platform expands the access to wellness programs and resources for service members and…

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Halloween safety tips for 2014

Posted October 24, 2014 by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Here are a few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape…

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Cyber expansions create security considerations

Posted October 24, 2014 by Air Force Public Affairs Agency,

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Technological advances have put the world at the fingertips of anyone with connection to the Internet and during cyber security awareness month, Airmen and their families are reminded to remain vigilant when posting personal information. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said Col. Mary Hanson, the senior information…

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Increasing skirt sizes may hike your breast cancer risk

Posted October 10, 2014 by Office on Women’s Health

If you want to minimize your chances of developing breast cancer, staying the same skirt size over the years might help, a new study suggests. “Our study has shown that an increase of one size every 10 years between 25 and postmenopausal age [over 60] is associated with an increase of breast cancer [risk] in…

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Preventing childhood obesity through awareness

Posted September 26, 2014 by Shellie Y. Pfohl and Rear Adm. Boris D. Lushniak

Each September, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we renew our efforts to reverse the continuing crisis of obesity among our nation’s youth. Every child, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic background, or ability, should have equal access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities. The epidemic of childhood obesity threatens the future of our young…

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A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted September 19, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

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 everyone’s 24/7, 365-day responsibility to…

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