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Get moving to look and feel your best! Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you and your family can do to maintain and improve your health. Visit the following sites to learn about the benefits of physical activity and how you can get moving:

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Deep vein thrombosis: What you need to know

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4/9/2018
Jamia Bailey (center) with her parents, James and Pia, after she underwent a procedure in December at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, to help prevent deep vein thrombosis from recurring. DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside the body. (Courtesy photo)

Everyone’s potentially at risk, vascular surgeon says

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Public Health | Preventive Health | Heart Health | Physical Activity

Small changes, big results: Healthy lifestyle choices can make a difference for heart health

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4/6/2018
Dr. Jonathan Woodson, director of the Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy at Boston University, provides insight on the importance of heart health. From 2010 to 2016, Woodson served as the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. He is also a brigadier general in the United States Army Reserve. (Photo courtesy of Boston University)

Risk for heart disease, the number one killer of Americans every year, can be decreased through healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices

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Traumatic Brain Injury and the Art of Paddling

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3/7/2018
Collins enjoys stand-up paddle boarding for how it helps him with TBI. His service dog, Charlie, likes it too. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Army Special Operations veteran Josh Collins)

A U.S. Army veteran’s recipe for embracing life after several TBIs

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Heart Health Month: Stopping the number-one killer

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2/1/2018
Going to the gym regularly can certainly improve heart health. So can taking a walk or using the stairs instead of the elevator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Learn about the small changes that can make a big difference in your overall health

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Physical Activity | Heart Health

A new year, a new you: Take command of your health

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1/2/2018
The month of January provides a fresh opportunity to take command of your health and improve your physical and emotional health, job performance, and mission readiness. (Courtesy photo)

Meeting goals requires inspiration, commitment, action

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Let’s get moving: Physical therapy from a provider’s perspective

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12/19/2017
A career spent in the infantry coupled with an active lifestyle led to 12 knee surgeries for U.S. Army Gen. Robert B. Brown, Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific. Shown here (center) greeting soldiers at the National Training Center Fort Irwin, Calif., Brown credits an effective physical therapy regimen for getting him back in the field. (U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Spandau)

Two providers and a former patient share insight into the role of physical therapists, as well as the benefits of seeking help and committing to a program

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Physical Activity | Deployment Health

App helps Guard Soldiers prepare for physical fitness test

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10/4/2017
New app available through Guard Your Health will help Soldiers prepare for their physical fitness assessments. (U.S. Army photo)

Guard Your Health recently launched Guard Fit

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Physical Activity | Technology | Health Readiness

Advice to young athletes: A variety of sports is the spice of life

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9/25/2017
Children participate in a sports clinic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The installation partnered with the YMCA of Pikes Peak Region to teach young athletes the fundamentals of baseball, gymnastics, soccer, and basketball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Wes Wright)

Young athletes who focus on one sport instead of sampling a variety are more likely to suffer overuse injuries

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Repetition, intensity can build a ‘recipe for injury’ during workouts

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9/22/2017
Avoiding any sudden increases in activity level, duration, load, and intensity can help prevent overuse injuries. Injuries can also happen as a result of technique errors, such as poor form during strength training exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

Doing too much too soon, or too much of the same, can lead to overuse injuries but there are many ways people can prevent these injuries

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Setting goals, logging miles: How to train for a running event

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9/20/2017
Runners participate in the Mulberry Island Half Marathon at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, in September 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

Whether you’re training for a 5K or a full marathon, preparing properly takes more than just running

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NHRC research studies link between injury and fitness

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8/31/2017
Graphic from NHRC Public Affairs

Dr. Karen Kelly, a physiologist with the Naval Health Research Center’s (NHRC), discussed her recent work examining the relationship between training requirements, fitness and musculoskeletal injuries, during a breakout session at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 30.

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Men's health is important too

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6/20/2017
June marks Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to increase awareness about health issues important to men such as prostate, testicular, skin and colon cancers, hypertension, obesity and heart disease. (MHS graphic)

This month the Military Health System will focus on the importance of recognizing preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys in the DoD community

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Men's Health: Take charge

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6/9/2017
Men should see their primary care manager for regular checkups. Checkups can help diagnose issues early, before they become a problem, and sometimes before symptoms appear. (U.S. Navy photo)

The top five leading causes of death among men are heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke

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Retired soldier says bad health behaviors a 'guy thing,' vows to get healthier

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6/8/2017
Russell Henderson, retired from the Army since 2002, tries to shed his "guy thing" bad habit of not getting enough exercise by using an elliptical machine at the gym. (Courtesy photo)

Men are more likely to make bad health choices than women, sometimes blaming it on being a 'guy thing'

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Men’s vitality, good health habits formed in uniform go together

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6/7/2017
Retired Army Maj. Bill Gleason’s active lifestyle in Savannah, Georgia, includes cycling and sharing full-time day care duties with his wife for three grandchildren ages 8, 6, and 4. (Courtesy photo)

Men can maintain strength and vitality by sticking with the good health habits they formed in the military.

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