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  • Army doctor: Soldiers should avoid overtraining to prevent injury

    Aug 25, 2014

    Modifying workouts to reduce running mileage and incorporating other exercises to build strength and endurance can help reduce injury.

  • Scientists discuss strategies for making Soldiers stronger at international conference

    Aug 23, 2014

    Improving the health and physical performance of Soldiers across the globe was the featured topic of the 3rd International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance held in Boston Aug. 18--21.

  • International scientists discuss Soldier physical performance

    Aug 21, 2014

    In an era of downsizing and budget cuts, placing the right Soldiers in the right jobs, keeping them healthy and optimizing their physical performance have never been more important.

  • Fostering Progress through International Collaboration

    Aug 21, 2014

    Advancements in Soldier physical performance, international collaboration and the sharing of ideas and priorities for the futureā€¦those were the topics on the agenda of the 2014 3rd International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • RACH dietitians offer tasty changes for diners

    Aug 15, 2014

    Reynolds Army Community Hospital dietitians made changes at the hospital dining facility to offer healthier nutrition choices.

  • Partnerships enhance public health

    Aug 8, 2014

    As a global command, the U.S. Army Public Health Command is developing partnerships with organizations to help create healthy communities by collaborating in areas of shared interests.

  • Flu shots: Are your children prepared?

    Aug 1, 2014

    The best way to protect your children from contracting the influenza virus is to ensure they--and you--receive an annual influenza vaccine.

  • Why am I still thinking about deployment?

    Aug 1, 2014

    If the memories of a traumatic event are causing serious problems in your life, talk with a medical professional, behavioral health provider or chaplain.

  • Back-to-school time calls for vaccinations

    Aug 1, 2014

    Immunization is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their children's health.

  • Protect yourself from new-to-U.S. virus carried by mosquitoes

    Jul 29, 2014

    A virus called "chikungunya" carried by mosquitoes that are common in the continental United States is likely to appear in locations where Soldiers, Army civilians and their families work and live.

  • Download This! The Performance Triad App (version 1.0)

    Jul 24, 2014

    The Office of the Army Surgeon General (OTSG) and US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) in Falls Church, Va., has launched a Performance Triad app (version 1.0) for iPhone and Android devices. The app is available as a free download by searching "Performance Triad" on your smartphone.

  • Public Health Command tracks new mosquito-borne disease

    Jul 23, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command is responding rapidly to an emerging viral infection that is threatening the United States.

  • Performance Triad app now available

    Jul 10, 2014

    Army Medicine is committed to reaching beneficiaries where they live. The Performance Triad application (v1.0) is now available to do just that.

  • Army Leader tests the Performance Triad

    Jul 3, 2014

    Lt. Col. Theresa Saville, deputy chief of the Patient Administration Division (PAD) with the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG), U.S. Army in Falls Church, Va., has been implementing the principles of the Performance Triad into her daily routine.

  • The Role of Partnerships in Health Risk Communication: Advancing Patient-Centered Care

    Jul 2, 2014

    Army Medicine has implemented health risk communication practices over the past year that have helped foster an environment of enhanced partnerships. The command position for health risk communication in 2014 will be to increase senior leader and subject-matter-expert understanding of, and support for, partnership-based risk communication and application of more evidence-based communication principles that benefit all patients, and supports the Army's vision of a more "Ready and Resilient" force.

  • Build safety into summer fun

    Jul 1, 2014

    Summer fun could be hindered by unintentional accidents if people do not make safety a priority.

  • Protect your eyes in sports--just like you do in combat

    Jul 1, 2014

    Players of any sport with potential to cause eye injury should wear protective eyewear designed for that sport.

  • Permethrin-treated uniforms protect against lethal diseases

    Jul 1, 2014

    The Army combat uniform with permethrin protects Soldiers from insect and tick-borne diseases while in garrison, training and non-combat deployed environments.

  • Army dentists fight uphill battle against sugar

    Jun 25, 2014

    Sugar is being called "the new tobacco." Its many forms have been linked to the increasing rates of diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and other chronic diseases in the U.S.

  • USAPHC mentors prepare next generation of leaders

    Jun 11, 2014

    Public Health Command scientists mentor students from local high school.

  • Public Health Command employee enjoys unique opportunities in leadership development program

    Jun 11, 2014

    Jessica Brockmeyer is one of only 63 civilians from across the Department of Defense to complete the prestigious Executive Leadership Development Program, or ELDP. The program provides participants with a joint and interagency training and leader development experience.

  • Should I eat this? ECBC works to increase food safety

    Jun 10, 2014

    The US Army Public Health Command recently completed a project with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at APG to demonstrate the use of a Mass Spectrometry Proteomics Method to identify and classify bacterial pathogens in food.

  • Fort Riley Public Health seeks first DOD accreditation

    Jun 5, 2014

    Irwin Army Community Hospital's Department of Public Health is leading the way in meeting national standards set for public health departments, forging process improvements and enhancing preventive care and wellness initiatives in Army Medicine.

  • Army invention helps prevent mosquito-borne disease

    May 30, 2014

    A device invented by Army entomologists to control the population of mosquitoes that carry diseases is now available to installations.

  • Fighting suicide: spotlight on male Soldiers

    May 30, 2014

    June is Men's Health Month and an opportunity to focus on our male Soldiers.

  • Protect your natural body armor this summer

    May 30, 2014

    You and your family can still enjoy the great outdoors this summer while protecting yourselves from excess risks associated with sun exposure if you simply take a few precautions.

  • Post-retirement weight gain--fact or fiction?

    May 30, 2014

    Approximately half of the Army retirees whose height and weight were measured at medical appointments in military treatment facilities last year had a body mass index that classified them as obese.

  • Be part of the System for Health

    May 29, 2014

    Health is personal and each of us defines it in our own way. Health is more than the absence of illness; achieving better health means taking a proactive approach to your well-being. This includes quality sleep, regular activity, and good nutrition. Combined, these elements make up the Army Performance Triad and can apply to everyone!

  • Army program encourages healthy lifestyles

    May 29, 2014

    Public Health Command is launching a new initiative to help Soldiers, family members, retirees and Army civilian employees develop healthier lifestyles.

  • Kosovo's Task Force Medical works to establish food sanitation system

    May 28, 2014

    Members of Multinational Battle Group-East's Task Force Medical invited Kosovo's food inspectors to their food handlers class on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 19, 2014, to help lay a foundation for a long lasting system in a region.

  • Army to observe National Safety Month in June

    May 27, 2014

    The Army will begin its annual observance of National Safety Month June 1, and senior leaders are encouraging Soldiers, civilian employees and their Family members to use the time to focus on mitigating summertime risks.

  • Farmers markets offer healthy choices to Soldiers and families

    May 22, 2014

    As part of the Department of Defense's Healthy Base Initiative, some military posts have introduced farmers markets to encourage healthy eating.

  • Medical Cost Avoidance Model demonstrates value of prevention

    May 16, 2014

    The USAPHC Health Hazard Assessment Program has developed the Medical Cost-Avoidance Model--a series of tools that can help demonstrate the cost of failing to prevent adverse health consequences.

  • Memorial Day Holiday Safety Message

    May 14, 2014

    American Soldiers have performed heroically in combat and many have given their lives in service to our great Nation. We owe these Soldiers a debt of gratitude. I encourage you to pause for a moment to remember those who have fallen as well as to give thanks for the freedoms their sacrifices have provided.

  • Health screenings; adequate sleep, activity, nutrition vital to Soldier readiness

    May 1, 2014

    May 11--17 is National Women's Health Week. While male and female Soldiers share some basic health requirements for readiness, female Soldiers require health screenings that are unique to the health of women.

  • Many strategies available to cope with hearing loss

    May 1, 2014

    During May, national Better Hearing and Speech Month, learn about hazards of noise exposure.

  • From water & into the air: indoor pollutant poses health risks

    May 1, 2014

    May is Clean Air Month.

  • Help Your Children Recharge through Sleep

    Apr 28, 2014

    Sleep is critical to a child's growth and development. Putting children to bed every night at the same time helps them grow up happy and healthy. From the moment they wake up to the moment they fall asleep, children exert a lot physical and mental energy, parents can attest. Many military children also have to deal with the stress of having a deployed parent (or parents), who may then be injured, and frequent moves, which mean saying goodbye to friends, as well as having to start a new school and make new friends. (Service members and their children have proven to be very resilient despite all the challenges.)

  • Best Warrior Competition sharpens Soldiers' skills

    Apr 25, 2014

    Staff Sgt. Victor Munoz and Spc. Stephen Murray were named as the USAPHC Best Warriors during an April 18 award ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • USAPHC moves closer to becoming tobacco-free workplace

    Apr 25, 2014

    A new U.S. Army Public Health Command policy directs USAPHC personnel and visitors to avoid using tobacco products while on USAPHC campuses, with the intent of creating a healthier workplace and workforce.

  • Medical specialists garner coveted Army Medical Badge

    Apr 15, 2014

    After nearly 15 days of challenging and exhaustive challenges, 45 Soldiers received the Army's prestigious badge known as the Expert Field Medical Badge on April 3.

  • Army first-aid kits include new eye shield

    Apr 14, 2014

    The new rigid eye shield is now part of the revised individual first-aid kit that was distributed to troops in the fall. When properly worn, the shields can protect the eye from further damage after an initial eye injury is sustained.

  • Ergonomics meets munitions--keeping workers safe

    Apr 11, 2014

    U.S. Army Public Health Command ergonomists went to Anniston, Ala., in January to survey facilities, evaluate work processes and provide training to local industrial hygienists and safety personnel--all to help enhance the working environment at the facility.

  • Medical specialists garner coveted Army Medical Badge

    Apr 9, 2014

    After nearly 15 days of challenging and exhaustive challenges, 45 Soldiers received the Army's prestigious badge known as the Expert Field Medical Badge on April 3. But what the Soldiers will remember most is what Mother Nature had thrown at them- the worst of three seasons in the way of blustery winds, rain and snow.

  • USAPHC water experts recommend well 'wellness' checks

    Apr 1, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command Water Resources Program helps preserve groundwater quality and protect Army communities from the adverse health effects of water pollution.

  • April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

    Apr 1, 2014

    Prevent Blindness America has designated April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Month to help educate women about the steps they should take to make eye health a priority.

  • What's on your dog tag?

    Apr 1, 2014

    For Soldiers, what to put on their dog tag for religious preference is serious business, because spirituality is important.

  • Post-traumatic growth--thriving through life's crises

    Apr 1, 2014

    Many people who experience crises and adversity are able to resolve and grow from these events, drawing upon internal strengths previously unrecognized.

  • ROVR collects animal health records

    Mar 12, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command is training veterinary personnel on a system that will offer Army veterinary service personnel worldwide new methods for recording and maintaining veterinary clinical information about the animals they treat.

  • Lost and found--tenacity and technology lead dog home

    Mar 6, 2014

    Due to the kindness of a stranger and some smart sleuthing by a U.S. Army Public Health Command veterinarian, Bear, a black Australian shepherd dog, is back home with an Army veteran and his family.

  • Is it possible to eat right on a budget?

    Feb 28, 2014

    It is possible to eat healthy and well while on a budget.

  • Adequate sleep brings benefits for a lifetime

    Feb 28, 2014

    Vital tasks carried out during sleep help maintain good health and enable people to function optimally. Not getting enough sleep can be dangerous to mental and physical health.

  • Bath salts--what's in a name?

    Feb 28, 2014

    The street names of this dangerous product create an illusion that using it will lead to relaxation or an exhilarating high. But the reality is that the use of bath salts comes with unpredictable reactions and dangerous consequences.

  • VTF renovation completed

    Feb 24, 2014

    Tails were wagging and a loud round of "a-paws" rang out as the Schofield Barracks Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) reopened its doors at Building 936 on Duck Road, here, Tuesday.

  • Environmental engineers test water filters

    Feb 21, 2014

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command has been working across services to address the need for water production and quality surveillance at remote, austere locations.

  • Injury experts evaluate safety of new Army parachutes

    Feb 21, 2014

    A U.S. Army Public Health Command team is conducting a project that suggests that the Army's new parachute system is more effective at reducing injuries in Soldiers than the previous system.

  • Reservists visit Aberdeen Army Wellness Center

    Feb 19, 2014

    Thirty-eight Army Reserve Soldiers from the Army Medical Command's 7221st Medical Support Unit based out of Newark, Del; had an opportunity to visit the APG Army Wellness Center Feb. 9, and witness its capabilities firsthand.

  • Air surveillance at Bagram first for Afghanistan

    Feb 12, 2014

    A recent air surveillance mission to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is the most detailed air sampling done in Afghanistan to date by the U.S.

  • Warrant officer makes trip to 'the ice'

    Feb 12, 2014

    USAPHC veterinary food safety officers perform food inspections for the National Science Foundation's Polar Program and the military personnel assigned to McMurdo Station.

  • Presidents' Day Holiday Safety Message 2014

    Feb 11, 2014

    As we celebrate Presidents' Day, we need to reflect upon and honor our Nation's rich history. While saluting our Presidents past and present for the leadership they provided our country for more than two centuries, take a few minutes to remember your part in making the American dream possible. Never lose sight of all you can do to carry our founding fathers' work forward. Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to the Nation and to Army Medicine.

  • Army accidents continue downward trend

    Feb 4, 2014

    Following the Army's safest year on record, accidental fatalities fell once again during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, according to data recently released by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

  • Avoid low vision--wear your Military Combat Eye Protection

    Feb 3, 2014

    February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is a general term used to describe partial sight or sight that is not fully correctable by lenses, surgery or medication.

  • Does your child have a super smile?

    Feb 3, 2014

    By eating a healthy diet, avoiding added sugars, brushing and flossing, and having regular dental visits, children can avoid cavities and get a super smile.

  • 'Use by?' 'Sell by?' Is my food still safe to eat?

    Feb 3, 2014

    As consumers, we inevitably fall prey to the ambiguousness of the food labels placed on packaging by food manufacturers. The bottom line--if a food product does not smell, taste or look right, do not eat it!

  • Red Sox Medical Director meets with Army Surgeon General, MEDCOM Experts

    Jan 28, 2014

    Dr. Larry Ronan, medical director for the Boston Red Sox visited the Office of the Surgeon General on January 14, for a briefing on the Performance Triad and an update on progress made in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the Comprehensive Solder Fitness Program.

  • CID warns of Government Travel Card phishing scam

    Jan 23, 2014

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, is warning the greater Army community about a new phishing scam where criminals are targeting U.S. Government Travel Card holders.

  • Empower yourself to better health

    Jan 2, 2014

    No matter who you are, how old you are or what you do, you need a balance of sleep, activity and nutrition to build and sustain great health.

  • Human papillomavirus: what it is and how to prevent it

    Jan 2, 2014

    The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection, or STI, in the United States, with an estimated 79 million Americans currently infected and 14 million newly infected persons per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Strategies to avoid office weight gain

    Jan 2, 2014

    We are not destined to work in "obesifying" office conditions and can make positive changes in our work world to manage our health and weight.

  • Veterinary food inspector makes the right call

    Dec 19, 2013

    A USAPHC veterinary food inspector makes the right decision to reject a food shipment containing unidentified brown pellets.

  • USAPHC ergonomist gets all shook up

    Dec 18, 2013

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command Ergonomics Program collected vibration data on military helicopters by performimg a study with the Vermont Army National Guard.

  • Public Health Command employees move their feet while they meet

    Dec 18, 2013

    A group of personnel at the U.S. Army Public Health Command have discovered a way to incorporate fitness into the day by walking while they meet.

  • World AIDS Day focuses on zero new infections

    Dec 3, 2013

    The theme for this year's World AIDS Day observance is "Getting to Zero"-- zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero HIV/AIDS-related discrimination.

  • Beat the holiday blues

    Dec 3, 2013

    There are many ways to beat the holiday blues.

  • Veterans honored for their service and sacrifice

    Nov 18, 2013

    Lt. Col. Christine Moser, U.S. Army Public Health Command, participated in a Veterans Day event at Margaret Kelleher Adult Day Care Center in Bel Air, Md.

  • Accidents Don't Take Holidays

    Nov 14, 2013

    It's that time of year where many of us are caught up in holiday routines and tend to take seasonal hazards for granted. Doing so, however, can mean the difference between a happy holiday and tragedy. Statistics show that mishaps occur more frequently during the holiday period. A little common sense, combined with some advanced planning, can help accident-proof your holidays, making them safer for you, your family members and visitors

  • Toward a Ready and Resilient Army -- Leaders' Responsibilities in R2C

    Nov 12, 2013

    Our Army Family has demonstrated remarkable strength fighting two wars over the past 12 years, and has built resiliency dealing with challenges from combat stress, illness, injury, and the strain placed on relationships. To arm Soldiers Families and Civilians with resources essential to maintaining resiliency and overcoming these challenges to the health of our force, the Army launched the Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C).

  • USAPHC food inspectors fight intentional hazards

    Nov 6, 2013

    USAPHC veterinary food inspectors ensure safety of DOD food and water supply.

  • Army DHAP PSA Video

    Nov 5, 2013

    PSA video in support of the U.S. Army Deployment Health Assessment Program (DHAP) and the Army Ready and Resilience Campaign (R2C).

  • Courage to seek help, laughter offer relief from depression

    Nov 1, 2013

    The Army is joining organizations and communities across the nation to raise awareness about the dangers of depression. The Army's theme, "The Courage to Seek Help," emphasizes that depression is one of the most treatable behavioral health conditions.

  • Thirdhand smoke: a new tobacco hazard for families

    Nov 1, 2013

    Thirdhand smoke is considered a hazard because it contains toxic gases and chemicals (i.e. nicotine, tar, butane, paint thinners, arsenic, lead and carbon monoxide) that you cannot see. These chemicals pose a health risk because they combine with the air and other pollutants to make cancer-causing substances.

  • Beware of emotional eating

    Nov 1, 2013

    Understanding what we eat, and how our mood relates to our behavior are important ways to help improve our mood. A well-balanced diet and engaging in healthy activities can keep us feeling great more often.

  • USAPHC couple retires with 75 years of combined federal service

    Nov 1, 2013

    A USAPHC couple, Eunice and Emery Thompson, were recognized for their 75 years and five days of combined federal service Oct. 24 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground--South Recreation Center.

  • Public Health Command Soldiers earn prestigious badge

    Oct 11, 2013

    Eleven Soldiers from the U.S. Army Public Heath Command earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, after completing a grueling competition held in Reston, Va.

  • THE TRANSFORMATION OF ARMY MEDICINE: MEDCOM Celebrates 19 Years of Organizational Resilience

    Oct 1, 2013

    On October 2, 1994, The United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) was established as part of efforts to reorganize and restructure Army Medicine. This came with the decommissioning of Health Services Command (HSC) after 21 years at a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Health Services Command (HSC) came into being in April 1973 under the command and control of Maj. Gen. Spurgeon H. Neel Jr.

  • Flu shot or nasal spray vaccine -- which is better?

    Sep 30, 2013

    Studies comparing the flu shot to the nasal vaccine have shown the shot or inactivated vaccine to be more effective in protecting against influenza A in healthy adults. However, studies conducted in children have found the nasal spray or attenuated vaccine more effective in preventing influenza than the shot.

  • Tinnitus: what the "buzz" is all about

    Sep 30, 2013

    An estimated 50 million Americans experience constant tinnitus. Over 16 million that suffer from tinnitus have sought medical attention to find relief. Among veterans, tinnitus is the most common service-connected disability.

  • Protect your baby from sudden infant death syndrome

    Sep 30, 2013

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is responsible for nearly half of these deaths. SIDS is the leading cause of all deaths among infants under a year old, and it often occurs when babies are between 2 months and 4 months old.

  • Soldier earns national recognition for volunteer efforts

    Sep 20, 2013

    A U.S. Army Public Health Command Soldier recently gained the recognition of top leaders --including Vice President Joe Biden--for his extensive volunteer efforts in his local community.

  • CID cyber tips: Protecting your online identity

    Sep 19, 2013

    Now more than ever, Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members rely on the Internet to work, study, stay connected with family and friends, pay their bills or simply unwind. For criminals, the Internet provides an endless stream of potential targets to be victimized.

  • Air quality tested in high places

    Sep 19, 2013

    "It's a dirty job ... but we are the only ones in DOD who can do it." Tim Hilyard and a small group of Public Health Command colleagues ensure that Army incinerators used to destroy unusable munitions meet environmental standards.

  • Sustaining drumbeat of 'Ready and Resilient' force through awareness, action

    Sep 10, 2013

    September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Department of the Army joins our nation and the world in observing National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-14, 2013, in the U.S. and the World Health Organization's World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, as part of efforts to promote awareness about suicide and empower individuals and communities to intervene and save lives by understanding the risk factors, warning signs, protective measures, and to take appropriate intervention actions when needed.

  • MEDCOM Announces Best Warrior Competition Winners

    Sep 10, 2013

    Humidity and high heat smothered the woodland. The only sounds were crickets hiding in the grass and cicadas humming in the trees. Suddenly a huge explosion ripped through the morning and a scream echoed--"I'm hit; I'm hit."

  • MEDCOM Announces Best Warrior Competition Winners

    Sep 4, 2013

    The scene was set as humidity and high heat smothered the woodland. The only sounds were crickets hiding in the grass and cicadas humming in the trees. Suddenly a huge explosion ripped through the morning and a scream echoed--"I'm hit; I'm hit."

  • Recognize signs of suicide to save a life

    Sep 3, 2013

    The best way to help prevent suicidal behavior is to pay attention to your loved ones, battle buddies, friends and coworkers and watch for changes in their behavior.

  • Lower your cholesterol to improve your health

    Sep 3, 2013

    Lowering your cholesterol can decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. You can start taking steps today to lower your cholesterol and improve your health.

  • Your actions can deter youth violence

    Sep 3, 2013

    Here are a few easy guidelines and ideas that you can use each day to focus on youth violence prevention:

  • USAPHC presents highest honorary award

    Aug 30, 2013

    The USAPHC presented Kelsey McCoskey with the Joseph A. Lovell award, the command's highest honorary award, during a ceremony Aug. 28 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • USAPHC retiree receives audiology award

    Aug 15, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Dean G. Sienko, commander of the U.S. Army Public Health Command, presents Dr. Donald R. Ciliax, retired Army colonel, with the Military Audiology Association Founders Award during an award ceremony on July 9 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The Founder's Award is presented to a current MAA member for overall excellence as a notable contributor to the advancement of professional issues related to audiology, hearing conservation, or hearing science.

  • USAPHC gets new senior enlisted advisor

    Aug 15, 2013

    Sgt. Maj. Alicia C. Singer will serve as the interim command sergeant major and senior enlisted advisor at the USAPHC. Outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald C. Ecker will serve as the new command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Medical Department Center in School at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

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