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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Posted May 3, 2012 by anradmin

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was initiated on Sept. 24, 2010 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. It encouraged American citizens to turn in unused or expired prescribed medication for proper disposal. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Department of…

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Women and the effects of alcohol

Posted April 26, 2012 by Valencia R. Barnes

It is estimated that approximately 4 million women in the United States are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinker is defined as drinking in a way that threatens one’s health, safety and general well being. Here are a few facts regarding women and alcohol: 1. Intoxicated women put themselves at a greater risk for…

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Binge drinking

Posted April 19, 2012 by By Valencia R. Barnes

Binge drinking is thought to be a fun activity, a way to relax after a putting in a week of hard work.  But it can also be dangerous, even deadly.  Drinking to get drunk is the sole purpose of binge drinking.  Binge drinkers consume large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time to…

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Supplement use highest among overweight service members

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VILSECK, Germany (April 10, 2012) — Dietary and performance enhancing supplements have an artificial image according to an expert who works at the Army Wellness Center here. “Fewer than 30 percent of service members discuss dietary supplements use with their health care providers,” said Kim…

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Disaster preparedness can save lives

Posted April 12, 2012 by By Lt. Col. Ana Ramirez

Disasters can occur in just a few seconds. Preparedness lessens the impact on families, workplaces, and communities. On Thursday, April 19, 2012 Weed Army Community Hospital and the Mary E. Walker Clinic will be conducting a disaster exercise based on an Active Shooter scenario.  The event will take place from 1300 to 1700 hours. There…

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Researcher aims to help Soldiers recover faster from wounds

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NATICK, Mass. (April 9, 2012) — An injury he suffered during a high altitude-low opening parachute jump 15 years ago ended his own career as a Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance combat medic, but Wayne Matheny never stopped caring about others in uniform. After collecting a bachelor’s degree in…

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Suicide intervention training comes to Fort Irwin

Posted April 12, 2012 by By Caroline Keyser

Leaders at Fort Irwin got a chance to learn how to better serve those they lead last week. On April 2, 3, and 5, Walter Morales, chief of the Army’s suicide prevention program, and James Cartwright, designer of the Army’s ACE program, visited Fort Irwin to conduct ACE-SI training workshops. ACE, which…

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Plan Before You Sweat

Posted April 12, 2012 by By Art Powell

Outdoor activities are popular during warm weather, but physical injuries can put you or your Family members on the sidelines during the fun. According to the U.S. Army Public Health Command, musculoskeletal injuries are a leading contributor to the estimated 25 million limited duty days logged in the Army during an average year. Many of…

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcohol and community responsibility

Posted April 5, 2012 by Valencia R. Barnes

Most people are aware of the consequences of drunken driving.  What about people who are abusing and misusing alcohol and are not behind the wheel, but still can be considered dangerous?  A couple examples are persons caring for children while intoxicated and people at work under the influence of alcohol.  Although awareness about driving while…

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Proper safety equipment essential for safe kids

Posted March 29, 2012 by anradmin

Garrison Safety is always on the lookout for children being safe while participating in various activities throughout Fort Irwin. Whether it’s bicycle riding, skateboarding, riding scooters, skating, or playing on the playgrounds, safe play should be a priority, employees of Garrison Safety say. “Kids Caught…

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