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  • E-cigarettes: What Does the Science Say?

    An increase in e-cigarette popularity is also observed in active duty populations. In the Air Force, e-cigarette use increased from 4.3 percent in 2017 to 5.4 percent in 2018. Kirtland is no exception to this trend with a 4.6 percent use in 2017 increased to 6.7 percent use in 2018. Some squadrons at Kirtland have e-cigarette usage rates of greater than 15 percent.
  • Health Effects of Smoking that Don’t Make the News

    Cigarette smoking is responsible for over 480,000 deaths per year in the United States. Most of us are familiar with the major negative health effects of smoking; cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Smoking causes damage to our health in other ways, however, which are not as well known.
  • Eating Healthy the Simplified Way

    March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to start getting onto a healthy eating pattern.  A healthy eating pattern is defined as consuming all foods that fit together like a puzzle to meet nutritional needs without exceeding limits such as those for saturated fats, added sugars, sodium and total calories.  It doesn’t have to be as complicated as it is sometimes thought out to be like in some popular fad diets.  Good nutrition is simple and overcomplicating things can lead to stress and potential for failure. There are some easy key principles to follow a healthy eating pattern.
  • Beginning Weight Training 101: Where to Start?

    One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to start an exercise program. The dropout rate for beginners is high. This is particularly true for weight training. There is no weight training program which will work for everyone; however, there are basic principles most programs have in common.
  • Winter Nutrition Tips

    In the winter, we tend to reduce our physical activity, spend more time indoors, and consume higher calorie and sugar holiday comfort foods. This can set us up for poor nutrition/lifestyle choices. Also, when body temperature decreases it increases your appetite, as eating generates heat and helps warm your body. This can lead to over-eating and weight gain. Eating healthy in the winter is important for staying warm, keeping your immune system up, and to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Making Healthy Grocery Store Choices

    Going to the grocery store and making healthy choices can be difficult because there are so many different foods with multiple different ingredients. Sometimes we don’t even know what an ingredient is or what it is used for. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when you shop at the grocery store to simplify the process.
  • Healthier Life: Protein Requirements for Strength Training

    Though a well-designed resistance training program is at the core of building muscle, protein consumption also has an important role to play. There is, unfortunately, a lot of bad science on the Internet regarding protein and strength training, and a lot of misconceptions have become “fact” as a result.
  • “Superfoods” for a Super You

    As the weather is changing this time of year, our body’s immune system may start to plummet and we are more likely to get sick. Therefore, now more than ever it is best to improve our immune system by eating many foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! Some may call these type of foods “superfoods” which means that the food is packed with good nutrients to keep us healthy all year round. My top picks for “superfoods” are as follows. I recommend adding to your daily nutrition plan whenever possible!
  • Suicide: no glory

    Editor’s Note: none of the events referred to in this commentary happened at Kirtland. Silence befell the dorm, a place that was never quiet. OSI agents were carefully processing the room before permitting me to document. Shaolin the DVD was at its menu screen, the music from the motion picture eerily playing on repeat the whole time I was in the room. The smell of multivitamins, Glade Hawaiian breeze plug-ins and vomit were all mixing in the air. The room and atmosphere became cold and lifeless. The sink was covered in emptied sleeping aid capsules, a blender bottle over filled with a concoction of vitamins and other pills. The agents left the room for me to work without disruption but there was one person that didn't leave. It was the young Airman laying stiff on the bed, with a bag over his head with vomit crusted around his mouth, neck and chest. This was my first alert photography call for a suicide. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be my last.
  • What we share this Fourth of July

    We share a common purpose with each other that we share with no one else. Our Core Values, and the character we are forced to develop in the constant adversity we face, forge a loyalty to one another. Our collective identity is still more about the dedication to our nation and each other than anything else.
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