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Welcome to "Ask the Doc", the Military Health System's own health care advice column. Here, you'll find answers to questions on an array of subjects and concerns from military doctors, nurses, specialists and personnel who know them best.

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Sleep and TBI

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2/8/2021
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Sleep disturbances are common for service members and veterans following a mild TBI, also known as concussion.

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USU launches into 2021 with Team Wellness Challenge

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Every New Year brings resolutions to change or improve our health, fitness, attitudes, or habits.

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COVID-19 presents challenges to heart health, physical fitness

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2/1/2021
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Because of COVID-19 shutdowns, the overall health of both military personnel and beneficiaries has taken a hit over the last year.

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TFF: A holistic approach to health and performance

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Total Force Fitness encourages Service Members to look beyond traditional fitness approaches to boost their performance.

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Religious support team deploys to help frontline healthcare workers

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Military chaplains and religious affairs specialist deploy to support our military medical providers responding working on the frontlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Social fitness can impact overall health and readiness

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Social fitness, one of the total Force Fitness framework’s eight domains, is an important element to holistic health.

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Mentoring advice from a Navy senior chief

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A Navy senior chief petty officer shares his secrets to being a successful mentor.

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Ask the Doc: Working out in a Winter Wonderland

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1/20/2021
A Soldier assigned to 10th Combat Aviation Brigade spends part of his lunch break getting a quick workout on the ice. So far, 2021 has seen the type of North Country winter weather that is making the Fort Drum ice rink a hot spot for outdoor recreation. Since the rink opened on Jan. 25, it has seen more activity in the first 10 days than all of last season with nearly 800 skaters in attendance. (Photo by Mike Strasser, Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs)

Dear Doc: Although my gym has opened back up, I’m still a little hesitant to return because of the recent spikes in COVID cases in my area. I’ve been getting creative with my home workouts, and I’d really like to be outside more, but it’s so cold! I want to bundle up, but I don’t want to overdo it and get overheated. Do you have any recommendations for dressing for outdoor workouts in the winter? –Working Out in a Winter Wonderland

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Get into fighting weight with the 2021 Total Force Fitness Challenge

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The 2021 Total Force Fitness Challenge helps Service Members recommit to their fitness and weight goals by promoting holistic aspects of health and performance that can impact their weight.

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DOD Launches “My MilLife Guide” Text Message Program to Boost Wellness

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8 Easy New Year’s Resolution Ideas for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

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COVID-19: Lifestyle Tips to Stay Healthy

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As we move toward a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus has changed many of our daily routines in ways no one anticipated and that have become the new normal.

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Favorite Fall & Holiday Recipes Cookbook

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DHB Implications of Trends in Obesity and Overweight for the DoD Fit to fight fit for life

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