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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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