Category Archives: Health Topics

Tobacco and Teeth: A Relationship That Just Won’t Work

IN THIS ARTICLE: Tobacco use leads to poor dental health, expensive health care costs, and a shorter lifespan. Using smokeless tobacco is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes. Breaking free of tobacco will prolong your life while saving your money and smile. Nothing beats a great smile. Sparkling teeth, radiant skin, a healthy laugh—life’s best …

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Think Twice: 5 Dangerous Facts about Electronic Cigarettes

IN THIS ARTICLE: Electronic cigarettes are not proven to be a safe or effective way to quit smoking. E-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals that can cause cancer. Army regulations prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on bases. Television commercials advertise them. Celebrities endorse them. Electronic cigarettes – also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs – have blown up in …

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When Quitting is Winning

IN THIS ARTICLE: Within hours of quitting tobacco, you will see immediate positive results. Tobacco cessation medication can double your chances of kicking the habit permanently. E-cigarettes are addictive and aren’t a proven quitting tool. Quitting tobacco is hard, but it’s never too late to quit and begin reaping the health benefits of a tobacco-free …

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THE Health Resource for Female Soldiers

IN THIS ARTICLE: Women soldiers have unique health and wellness needs Visit the Women’s Health Portal for more on women’s health topics Female Army National Guard Soldiers—this one’s for you. While we envision the Guard Your Health website will grow to cover all aspects of health and wellness for Army National Guard Soldiers, we recognize …

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3 Surprising Ways to Build Your Bone Mass to Be a Stronger, Fitter Female Soldier

IN THIS ARTICLE: Building your bone bank now is crucial to ward off brittle bones in the future. Ten to 15 minutes per day in the sun can help you build stronger bones. Doing as few as 12 crunches a day will help you boost your bone strength. Men and women reach their peak bone …

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Maintaining Fitness Before and After Childbirth

IN THIS ARTICLE: Stick with low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or biking Healthy weight gain for most women is 25 to 35 pounds Avoid twists and pulsing ab crunches while pregnant Congratulations! You’re expecting a baby. Your body will go through many changes before and after childbirth. Weight gain is healthy and necessary when you’re …

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Hydration 101 for Female Soldiers

IN THIS ARTICLE: Drinking enough water is key to your physical performance The female urinary diversion device (FUDD) can help female Soldiers overcome hydration issues in the field The color of your urine can help determine if you’re hydrated Many female Soldiers choose to “hold it” or avoid drinking water during training or mobilizations. The …

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What You Don’t Know About Iron and Why You Need More

IN THIS ARTICLE: Female Soldiers may have lower levels of iron after intense physical exercise. Low iron in the blood can zap energy and cloud concentration. Eat foods high in iron like lean meat, spinach, and beans to avoid iron deficiency. Some women may need an iron supplement. Feeling weak, tired, dizzy, or having trouble …

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How to Eat Your Way to Healthy in Seven Days

Want to eat healthier but can’t stay motivated? Enter the nutritional nudge you need. Try adopting one healthier option each day of the week with this seven-day nutrition plan. You can start whenever and wherever you are. Take your first healthy step today. DAY 1: EAT PROTEIN IN THE MORNING Start the day with a …

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How to Eat Smart At Home and When Dining Out

IN THIS ARTICLE: Cook more and eat out less. You’ll eat healthier and save money (and time). Do most of your grocery shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store to pick up veggies, whole-grains, and low-fat dairy. Learn the code words for healthy choices when eating out: roasted, grilled, poached, and steamed. If you’ve …

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