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Brain Injury Awareness month: Understanding TBI

Posted March 21, 2014 by Dr. Lanier Summerall

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The Department of Defense and the Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center estimate that 22 percent of all combat casualties from these conflicts are brain injuries, compared to 12 percent of Vietnam related combat casualties….

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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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Finding, keeping focus on the motivation to quit smoking

Posted January 23, 2015 by Senior Airman Jaimi L. Upthegrove

U.S. Air Force graphic /Senior Airman Jaimi L. Upthegrove “I can smell it, and it makes me nauseous,” he said. “I can’t kiss you or even be around you. This has to stop.” That was the exact moment I knew it was time to get serious about quitting smoking. When my husband and I were…

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Some Reserve, Guard members must pay dental premiums directly

Posted May 4, 2012 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beginning in May, some National Guard and reserve members will need to pay dental premiums directly rather than through payroll deduction, stated a senior official of the TRICARE military health plan. A change to the TRICARE Dental Program means that payroll deduction for premiums is not currently available to about 8,000 reserve-component…

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Diverting disaster

Posted September 7, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

As emergency management responders, we continually preach about the biggest threat to southern California—earthquakes.  However, Mother Nature reminded us last week that she can strike in different forms, on a moments notice and with tremendous force. Mid-afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 30, we were hit with east coast-like impersonation of a mid-summer storm. The skies turned dark,…

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Meet Team March First Sargeants

Posted May 3, 2013 by

MASTER SERGEANT DONALD C. BRANSCUM Master Sgt. Donald C. Branscum is the first sergeant for the 452d Civil Engineer Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, April 1986. His first duty station was Royal Air Force Bentwaters, United Kingdom, where he served as a Tactical Maintenance Aircraft…

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Fitness is more fun when it’s FREE!

Posted October 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger

Last week the fitness center was closed on base due to the government shutdown, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a workout or spend money on a gym membership. Activities provided by services, and in surrounding areas of the base, can help you stay active while having fun. The best part…

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Family fitness with little ones

Posted May 9, 2014 by

photo courtesy of www.letsmove.gov Have your family establish fitness goals that everyone can achieve together. If you stick with it, physical activity will become a part of your family’s routine. For parents of babies, toddlers or young children, fitness often takes a backseat to late night feedings, chasing an exploring little one around the house…

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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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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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