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  • January is Mental Health Awareness Month

    MENTAL WELLNESS DEFINEDThe World Health Organization defines mental wellness as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” FOUR DIMENSIONS OF MENTAL WELLNESS Thoughts Bodily
  • January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?A form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to exploit/control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his or her will.TraffickersLure people by promising a high-paying job, a loving relationship, or new and exciting opportunities.  In other
  • December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

    Drunk and drugged driving is a deadly epidemic, yet it still continues across the United States.  In addition to the human toll, drunk driving takes a toll on our country. The financial impact is devastating, based on 2010 numbers, the most recent year for which cost data is available, impaired driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion
  • Here's to the holidays -- and your health!

    The holiday season is mostly know as a time of joy and happiness. Whether it is enjoying a hot cup of cocoa and wrapping up in some blankets to escape the cold, the holiday season is enjoyable for many.However, unfortunately, there are many people who feel quite the opposite. For some, the holiday season can be frustrating, stressful, and even
  • Changes are coming to TRICARE: Are you ready to take command of your health?

    Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefit beginning Jan. 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improving your access to care, simplifying cost shares and allowing you to take command of your health. “Taking command of your health means empowering you to make the right health care and coverage choices for you and your family,”
  • It’s never too late to say thank you

    I had the privilege of going to our nation’s capital on Oct. 25, 2017, to witness the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in honor of the Filipino Veterans of World War II. From 1934 until the Philippine independence in 1946, the U.S. retained sovereignty over Philippine foreign policy. In 1935, as part of the National Defense Act, which was signed
  • October is Depression Awareness Month

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is not just having “the blues” or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.    Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time. He or
  • October is Domestic Violence Month

    Domestic violence, also known as Intimate Partner Violence, is a public health problem.    Intimate Partner Violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, stalking and emotional or psychological abuse by a current or former intimate partner. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

    Oct. 3 is blue shirt day. Wear blue to show support for kindness and to celebrate empathy and respect for putting a stop to bullying. What is bullying?  Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions
  • If it can happen to me … it can happen to you too

    “I’m on my way to D.C.,” said Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command. “I want you to come with me and spend a few days at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.” I was not only shocked by his offer but amazed by how quickly he acted on it.  And so there I was posing for a quick picture with Gen. Raymond on the tarmac at Peterson Air