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Journal Entry ECMAScript programDeployments, reunions, and family roles
Deployments and reunions can cause military families to experience stress and uncertainty about family roles. Confusion can occur when family members have to take on their service member’s pre-deployment roles and responsibilities in addition to their own. Once reunited, both the service member and his or her family members should communicate openly when re-establishing previous tasks or assigning new ones.
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Journal EntryUnderstanding the risk of metabolic syndrome
High blood pressure, extra fat around your waist, high cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes are separate health risk factors, but collectively these conditions will increase your risk for metabolic syndrome and increase your chance of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Read what you can do to help decrease your risk.
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Journal Entry RealAudio documentPlan a complete training program
If you want your training program to really optimize your performance and fitness, you need to incorporate four kinds of exercise: aerobic, anaerobic, strength, and flexibility.
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Journal Entry text/texmacsChallenges facing service members caring for their aging parents
Military service members with aging parents are often concerned due to geographic separation and an already heavy load of other demanding responsibilities. However, through various forms of communication, family involvement, and a parent-care plan, worry can be reduced and emotional bonds can be strengthened.
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Journal Entry Troff documentCould sleep be your single most important health habit?
Guest contributor Dr. Daniel Johnston of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness makes a case for why he thinks sleep is the most important health habit.
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Journal EntryThe family of combat rations
Combat rations feed our Warfighters around the world, offering variety and nutritious alternatives to food service facilities in a wide range of deployed and combat conditions.
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Journal EntryOptimizing Performance: Common errors in abdominal training
Training your abdominal muscles helps strengthen your core and develop that “six-pack,” but only if you do it correctly. Here are some tips to help.
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Journal EntryThe Paleo Diet: Implications for the athlete
The Paleo Diet is based on what hunters/gatherers ate during the Paleolithic Era. But how might this affect athletes today?
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Journal Entry ODS templateRunners’ trots
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Journal EntryKeeping steady with motion sickness
Motion sickness can affect anyone, and it can have a serious impact on military operations. Here are some ways to reduce your own risk.
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