Health

Exercising to Relieve Stress

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center The physical benefits of exercise have long been established. Exercise is known to improve physical fitness, help manage weight, and reduce stress. The most recent federal guidelines for adults by the Department of Health and Human Services recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) each …

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Overcoming Stress Eating

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center Stress can affect the way we think of food, either consciously or subconsciously. Some people respond to stress by having a decreased appetite while others have an increased appetite. Usually the increase in consumption is with the foods that we enjoy or comfort us. Who cannot remember being given a …

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Less Than 8 Hours to Better Women’s Health

By Cmdr. Eva Domotorffy, Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery The pursuit of health and remaining healthy seems almost like a full-time job. And for women, the additional gender-specific recommendations add complexity to an already  arduous schedule of regular exercise, eating well, medical and dental check-ups,  immunizations, screening exams, etc., etc. As a “40-something” woman with …

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Take Control: Suicide Awareness

Dr. Kirsten Pollick, mental health department head, Naval Hospital Jacksonville In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, it is imperative that we raise awareness of suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is a complex behavioral response to stress, illness, isolation and substance abuse. A combination of individual, relational, …

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Stress Is Your Body’s Reaction to a Stimulus

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center Stress is simply your body’s reaction to a stimulus and it is present in our everyday lives. The stimulus can be an event that is either good or bad; it can be real or perceived; and it can range in severity from mild to major or even traumatic. Stress is …

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