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Physical therapy: Changing my outlook

By Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.
Air Force Social Media

Have you heard of Airman Snuffy? Airman Snuffy is an Airman who’s used as the example for almost everything in the Air Force. Let’s say Airman Snuffy has an injury, but doesn’t want to get medical treatment because of the misnomer that “you’ll get kicked out of the Air Force if you’re broken.”

What Airman Snuffy didn’t know was letting an injury go untreated can cause greater medical issues in the future. Every Airman has the right to receive quality medical and dental care at your their military treatment facility.

I was just like Airman Snuffy at one point in my career. I was a young, energetic and enthusiastic Airman full of youth and optimism about my career and life in general. All of which are good, but I wasn’t thinking about my health.

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DoDLive bloggers roundtable: Healthy Base Initiative

by Meredith March, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production

Air Force Week kicks off in New York City

If we better understand how to make healthy lifestyle choices, will we be more likely to make them?

The Healthy Base Initiative, a recently announced demonstration project for the Defense Department’s Operation Live Well, aims to determine just that.

At a recent DoDLive bloggers roundtable, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, revealed that the year-long demonstration project will evaluate 13 installations to design a cohesive program that empowers service members, their families and civilians to take charge of their health by making informed choices.

Many of the services’ and installations’ longstanding programs will be evaluated to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. Best practices across participants will be shared with the services for further implementation throughout the force.

“The idea is to reach out into the communities [and] link projects that build health and environments where our men and women in the service and their families and civilians can make healthy choices,” Woodson said.

Because obesity-related health issues not only affect service members’ readiness, but also increase the risk of early military discharge or serious illness, the initiative will emphasize the importance of programs that encourage making informed nutritional food choices, weight management, tobacco cessation, and increased physical activity.

“We hope to … determine which programs really make a difference in bringing down obesity, promoting living healthy lifestyles, and increasing level of fitness,” Milam said.

Listen to the bloggers roundtable audio (MP3)

Learn more about the Healthy Base Initiative.