Force health and safety

How Tobacco Discriminates Against Women

By Dawn Whiting, MS, BSN, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center By now, you have probably heard the news – tobacco use is bad for your health. Smoking causes a variety of cancers and increases your risk of lung and heart disease, and stroke (1). What many do not realize is that women who smoke face additional health risks.  …

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‘Tis the Season to … Use Alcohol Responsibly

By Cmdr. Michail Charissis, psychiatrist, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery The start of the holiday season is just around the corner!  The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a nonstop whirl of celebrations with co-workers, family and friends.  For those who choose to consume alcohol, many of these occasions offer the opportunity for a drink.  …

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Take Control: A Day in the Life of Diabetes

By Cmdr. Julie Lundstad, diabetes nurse educator, Naval Hospital Jacksonville November is American Diabetes Month and this year’s focus raises awareness to the ever-growing incidence of diabetes and directs attention to issues surrounding the disease, the many people it impacts and resources to help people with diabetes manage it. Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose …

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A Mission of Care

By Cmdr. Jean Fisak, NC, assistant director, Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control Deploying can be a stressful time, but it’s especially hard for Sailors who deploy individually. A Mobile Care Team (MCT) sees Individual Augmentees, Sailors who are pulled together as a unit into a Navy command, Sailors trained to deploy while embedded with the Army, joint …

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Resilience: A State of Mind or Dispositional State?

By Lt. Cmdr. Robert Lippy, clinical psychologist, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) What is resilience? Is it the same as stress management? Although defined differently by various authors, resilience is simply ‘bouncing back’ from difficult experiences. It is a process of adapting and responding well in the face of adversity, challenge, trauma, loss or stress. But what is it that allows …

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