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  • Heroes to all Americans

    February, as Black History Month, is a time to reflect on the contributions of African-Americans to our country. Though no single article can adequately cover African-American history justly, there are few areas that can rival the vast participation of African-Americans in war.
  • Mindful Eating in the New Year

    As we embark on a new year with the whirlwind of 2020 behind us, this can be a time of reflection on the past year but also a time to look forward to what the upcoming year will bring. Along with considering the forthcoming year comes the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. For many people the goals made as part of a New Year’s resolution can symbolize a new beginning as we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another. After all of the chaos and unpredictability of the past year, now is the perfect time to make a small change to focus on the present moment and incorporate mindful eating to improve your overall health and wellness.
  • Alcohol and Driving: Why it’s Not Safe to Drink and Drive

    During the holidays there always seems to be a renewed focus on preventing drunk driving…this year is no different. In 2018, 10,511 American lives were lost due to drunk driving. In 2019, New Mexico recorded 107 drunk driving fatalities (5th highest in the nation). Deaths from drunk driving are especially tragic, as such deaths are 100% preventable.
  • Transitioning to Plant-based Eating

    Plant-based diets exclude animal products to varying degrees and promote a way of consuming food that is primarily focused on plants. The term “plant-based diet/nutrition” refers to what foods are encouraged for the majority of food intake which is whole/minimally processed vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans), whole grains, seeds and nuts.
  • Body Fat and PT test performance

    With the Air Force physical fitness assessment on hold until October 2020, and the abdominal circumference (AC) component delayed until 2021, there may be a temptation for some Airmen to exercise less and eat more, assuming they can still pass. That’s not a good idea as 99.7% of Airmen who fail the AC test also fail at least one other component (run, push-ups, sit-ups). This indicates that excess body fat is the overwhelming contributor to PT test failure, regardless of the component.
  • Getting back into the gym

    Gyms are opening up again, and exercise-starved Airmen are eager to lift more than furniture or performing endless push-ups/sit-ups. It’s important to be cautious and patient when transitioning back to the gym, in order to avoid injury and reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Hydration Strategies for Optimal Performance

    Optimal hydration supports daily training and recovery. When you are dehydrated it can take hours to days to recover properly. There are many ways you can stay on top of your hydration so that you can perform at your best and recover optimally.
  • A warning against phone scams

    Phone-based financial scams have recently grown as a major problem affecting many people. It is important for everyone to be aware of how these scams work and the steps that can be taken to avoid them.
  • The Science of Sleep

    The more we learn about sleep, the more we realize how important it is to overall health. Sleep deprivation has economic effects; a recent study concluded that lack of sleep costs the U.S. economy up to $411 billion per year in low work productivity and mortality. According to the report, the U.S. loses just over 1.2 million working days per year due to sleep deprivation. The report also found that a person who sleeps less than six hours a night has a 13 percent higher mortality risk than someone sleeping between seven and nine hours.
  • Eating Healthy for Better Lipids and Heart Health

    Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is made in your liver and also comes from some food we eat. Too much cholesterol in your body can put you at risk for heart disease, heart attack or stroke. The biggest influence on blood cholesterol level is a mix of fats and carbohydrates in your diet. For most people, dietary cholesterol is not as problematic as once believed. According to the 2015 dietary guidelines, there is no available evidence showing relationships between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol and dietary cholesterol is no longer a nutrient of concern for overconsumption; even eggs are now okay.