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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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Use a thermometer to ensure your food is cooked to the right minimum internal temperature.

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Holiday Food Safety Tip: Keep Cold Food Cold

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Don't let your cold dishes sit out on a counter for more than 2 hours. Keep it chilled at 40 degrees or less.

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Holiday Food Safety Tip: Wash Your Hands

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Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of bacteria.

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Total Force Fitness Physical

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Total Force Fitness - Total Body Preventive Health and Physical Fitness - Ability to physically accomplish all tasks while remaining mission capable and avoiding injury

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“Vision and Hearing and Environmental Fitness Ability to perform tasks in any environment"

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Total Force Fitness COGS Environmental

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“Total Force Fitness Mental Health and Environmental Fitness Ability to perform tasks in any environment”

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Total Force Fitness COGS Psychological

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Holiday Food Safety Tip: Marinate Meat Safely

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