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Health Related Behaviors Survey launches worldwide

Posted January 8, 2016 by By TRICARE.mil staff

Active duty servicemembers will be randomly selected to represent their service branch and complete an anonymous Health Related Behaviors Survey. The survey, accessed online, takes about 40 minutes to complete. The HRBS is used to measure health-related behaviors and lifestyles of military personnel that have the potential to impact readiness. Participation in the survey is…

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New urgent care pilot program for prime beneficiaries

Posted July 30, 2016 by

To increase access to care, the Department of Defense launched an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program is for: • Active-duty service members, including National Guard or Reserve…

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New law requires TRICARE beneficiaries to refill some drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or pay full cost

Posted September 4, 2015 by

Starting Oct. 1, a new law requires that all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty servicemembers, get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. Maintenance drugs are those you take…

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Be aware of hidden fire hazards

Posted January 8, 2016 by Submitted by Kim Garcia, Safety Office

Fire hazards are often difficult to spot – they may be hidden from view, or they may involve chemical processes that are unknown to you. A fire needs fuel, oxygen and ignition to burn. You might be surprised at some of the types of fuel, sources of oxygen and causes of ignition which can start…

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Stay Healthy and Hydrated with Hidden Sources of Water

Posted August 5, 2016 by

As summer continues here in the Mojave, health experts at Weed Army Community Hospital remind everyone of the importance of staying hydrated. But, did you know there are other ways to up your water intake without just guzzling from the water fountain? Healthcare providers are quick to remind you that human bodies are made up…

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Appointment cancellation? Be sure to call It In! Don’t be an appointment “No Show”

Posted September 4, 2015 by

What happens when you’re a No-Show for an appointment? A valuable service is wasted – service that could benefit another member of the community, or even your loved ones. If you need to cancel an appointment, call ahead at (866) 957-9224, so your appointment can be given to another patient. Remember that if you miss…

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Defeat Monster Mouth!

Posted February 6, 2015 by By Maj. Kristy Hayes, DMD, Pediatric Dentist

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and at the Fort Irwin Pediatric Dental Clinic we love to see kids smile! Here are some tips to help keep those smiles sparkling. Brush: Brushing twice daily with toothpaste that contains fluoride is an important part of your child’s routine. Fluoridated toothpaste may be used as early as…

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The weight of war: marching to win means keeping ahead of injury

Posted August 17, 2016 by Veronique Hauschild

In his ancient military treatise "The Art of War," Sun Tzu notes that if you put your army on a forced march at a certain speed, you will lose one-tenth to two-thirds of your troops along the way.

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Fire Prevention Week: check smoke alarms

Posted September 4, 2015 by Provided by Tina Rhodes

During fire prevention week, Oct. 4-10, the Fort Irwin Fire Prevention Bureau will be sharing important safety tips with Fort Irwin and surrounding communities regarding fire awareness, fire prevention, as well as home fire safety – home fires being the leading cause of loss of life and property. This year’s theme is “Hear The Beep…

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Army Wellness Center improves Soldier readiness, family health

Posted April 1, 2016 by Story and photo by Michael Beaton, Public Affairs

According to current statistics, the bottom 25 percent of the Army has issues meeting required standards or is borderline to meeting them. Fortunately, the personnel who make up the Fort Irwin Army Wellness Center teams are highly trained, motivated professionals, who can impact Soldier readiness, improve health and help servicemembers to meet – and exceed…

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