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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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Wingman Toolkit promotes healthy, balanced lifestyle

Posted July 12, 2013 by Ian Phillips

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — As members of the military family we all deal with stress. Work, relationships, and money are just a few examples of the things that are on our minds every day. Reservists have the additional responsibility of balancing civilian and military careers. Everyone deals with it differently though. Sometimes people…

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The doctor is in: make nutrition work for you

Posted July 5, 2013 by Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Plummer, MD, MPH

Most people have heard the consistent drum beat about how to lose weight and be healthy – eat a balanced diet focused on fruits and vegetables but minimize sodium, sugars and fat. However, it can be hard to apply that basic knowledge to gain a better understanding of the food you eat and apply it…

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Surviving a wildfire: the aftermath

Posted July 5, 2013 by

Despite your best efforts and preparation, you may still be the victim of a wildfire. Of course, your primary concern is survival. If you and your family have made it to this point, you breathe a sigh of relief and utter a silent prayer of thanks. However, now you must deal with the aftermath of…

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Preparing to survive Wildfire Season, cont.

Posted June 28, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

During the recent devastating wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres of land and displaced even more families, a common thread connecting the survivors was “if I had known this was going to happen I would have done….” Keeping this in mind, here are some actions to consider when confronted with a major catastrophe involving fire….

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Preparing to survive Wildfire season

Posted June 21, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

Southern California’s unique topography complemented with intense heat, dry soil, acts of nature and human carelessness, all combine to make it extremely vulnerable to wildfires. Every year we standby, ready to combat these demons of destruction. When not actually engaged in a response, firefighters train constantly to improve tactics, communication and working relationships. The drain…

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The physiological effects of leisure

Posted June 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Noelle E. Reyes

If you’re looking for just another reason to take a break, here it is! According to a 2009 study conducted by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, participation in regular leisure activities can help to prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk factors of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Just as studying or working…

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West Region Transition

Posted June 14, 2013 by TRICARE Management Activity

TRICARE is extending the temporary waiver for West Region Prime enrollees to obtain authorizations for specialty care referred by their primary care manager. The waiver will now include specialty care referrals received from April 1 through June 18.  The start of health care delivery under the new contract in the TRICARE West Region occurred, April…

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Steps to consider when in an accident

Posted June 14, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Shore

In the state of California, licensed drivers are required to accomplish specific actions when involved in an automobile accident with another vehicle.

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Preparing to survive: Defeat the heat

Posted June 7, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

Summer in southern California can be very dynamic. We are already in the zone of high temperatures and with reasonable surety, we can expect a significant number of extremely hot days, reaching the triple digits. Along with those blistering days, people will be more subject to the heat-related casualties, resulting from high temperatures and summer…

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