School doors are opening, the days are getting shorter, and fall colors are beginning to emerge. Military families have one more week to enjoy the Blue Star Museum program. It seems like a wink of the eye – where has our summer gone?! We'll soon celebrate Labor Day and the official end of our “100 days of summer.” As the season of summer outdoor activities, picnics and the like wind down, we need to keep our guard up. Remember just a few safety reminders: don't drink and drive, wear sunscreen, wear your seatbelt, and wear helmets when riding a motorcycle.
It’s Your Choice, Make it Healthy
Get out of the “drive thru” line and into the commissary for savings of 30 percent or more! Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is a partner with TRICARE, DoD nutrition and medical professionals from all services in an effort to encourage military consumers to read labels and make healthier food choices to improve health and control weight.
To help commissary shoppers make informed decisions while shopping, there are 13 “shelf talker” mini signs that contain simple dietary tips based on the new “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
“Take the Pledge” to help address the chronic issue of childhood overweight and obesity. At the TRICARE Get Fit website there are educational games for children, community resources and family tools available.
Check this link for tips, information and recipes: http://www.commissaries.com/healthy_choices.cfm
Taking Care of Yourself is NOT Selfish
Spouses serve too! You provide support and stability in maintaining resiliency and mission readiness. While managing family separations, changing jobs and assuming the role of both parents, meeting the needs of everyone tends to take center stage. So, it only makes perfect sense that you move to the front of the line. Be an example to your children through action:
* Get rest. Sleep is very important. You will be better prepared to deal with tomorrow if well rested. Create a bedtime ritual - meditating, reading or drinking a relaxing tea - whatever works for you.
* Keep it moving. Incorporate some type of exercise daily. The endorphins generated have lasting benefits and are addictive.
* Eat well. A balanced diet with loads of fruits and veggies reduce snacking. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
* Ban negative talk. Be your own best advocate - no negative self talk. This includes those you allow into your circle.
* Laugh out loud. Commit to doing something fun every day. Make time for yourself - read, chat with a friend, or watch a favorite cartoon.
Emotional support is vital to military life, and especially during deployment. Get the facts and learn about resources available from your command ombudsman, Family Readiness Groups and Fleet and Family Support Centers. It is okay to hang up the superhero cape. You are the root from which everything grows. The goal is to be your best self, allowing you to care for yourself and your family. When you feel good, things get done!
“How You Doing?”
From time to time, we must take a reading to see how we are doing. When asked, an automatic “I’m fine” comes out without really thinking about it. We are each the captain of our ship and when off course, we may need to chart a new one. Take this quick survey and see if you are on course.
1. Do you tire more easily? Feel fatigued rather than energetic?
2. Are you working harder and harder and accomplishing less and less?
3. Are you increasingly irritable? More short-tempered? More disappointed in the people around you?
4. Are you suffering from physical complaints: aches, pains, headaches, a lingering cold or illness?
5. Are you unable to laugh at a joke about yourself?
6. Are you seeing close friends and family members less frequently?
7. Is joy elusive?
If you answered “Yes” to two or more, it may be time to get back to basics. Consider concentrating on taking care of you. Fleet and Family Support Center programs offer resources on parenting, financial management, relocation assistance, information and referral, spouse employment services, family advocacy, counseling and transition assistance.
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