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  • Women’s Equality Day and their inclusion in the United States military

    Women's Equality Day is a significant day mainly observed in the United States to celebrate American women gaining the right to vote constitutionally. It is celebrated annually to commemorate all the struggles women go through in pursuit of being heard.
  • Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays

    Summer is here and the importance of ultraviolet (UV) protection, especially for our eyes, cannot be overstated. UV-A penetrates easily through the skin. Although it is not as strong as UV-B, it is more prevalent and poses more of a risk to the inner layers of the skin and eyes. UV-B affects the outer layer of our skin and can result in sunburns, blistering, and possibly skin cancer.
  • MacDill occupational health works to maintain hearing conservation

    The occupational health section of public health monitors active duty and civilian employees on the hearing conservation program by conducting audiograms annually. We also perform Army, Marine and Navy hearing tests for their annual requirement for duty. In addition, we also accomplish pre-deployment, post-deployment and separation health physical assessment audiograms.
  • Optometry clinic ensures vision readiness

    While individual operational readiness has achieved the status as a top priority for the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Defense, one very critical aspect of that readiness sometimes is forgotten: vision readiness. Maintaining vision readiness through a routine eye exam is vital, since the visual system is arguably the most important, yet ever changing, sensor in the human weapons platform.
  • Sexual assault support services available during essential manning

    MacDill AFB may be affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, but sexual assault support services are just a phone call away. Victims of sexual offenses can call the 24/7 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Hotline, (813) 828-7272, to speak to a member of the SAPR staff, to make a report of sexual assault or to receive information about support services.
  • Importance of vaccinating children

    The debate of whether to vaccinate a child can be overwhelming, especially for a first time parent. However, it is essential to know that vaccinating not only protects children from deadly diseases, but it also eliminates the spread of diseases from one child to another child.
  • Resiliency during COVID-19

    The novel coronavirus is creating stress and disruption in many lives through worries about health, changes in work, guidance for social distancing and lack of childcare. These stressors have the possibility to wreak havoc on one’s mental health. Luckily, there are many healthy ways to successfully cope with these challenges and increase resiliency at the same time.
  • Gaining character through uncertainty

    There I stood, 22 years ago, staring in awe of a sight and sound I had never heard before. It was the loudest, yet most glorious sound my young ears had ever heard. The sound of an F-16 Fighting Falcon screaming by at an air show in Stuart, Florida.
  • Keto: Fad diet or health benefit?

    “Keto diet” was the most-searched diet term on Google in 2018. We have three registered dietitians working on MacDill to help our patients answer this question. Although the specifics can vary, ketogenic eating generally recommends consuming a diet that is high fat, moderate protein and very low carbohydrate. Carbohydrate intake is often less than 20 grams of net carbohydrate or 5% of calories per day. The goal of this strict restriction is to get the body into a state of ketosis.
  • Opening up: Growing into an Airman

    As an Airman, being socially active is an important part of developing your career and becoming a better leader, but not everyone starts off on the same playing field. For me, I started out isolated. When I was young, I was adopted, moved around a lot and didn’t have a lot of friends. People didn’t really like me, so I started to isolate myself. I grew to like playing games on my computer and never got invited to go do anything, so I often sat there for long periods of time waiting to catch my next Pokémon or breaking my next block in Minecraft. Now, I go to a lot more events and talk to a lot more people, all thanks to becoming a public affairs Airman.