Motorcycle Safety: Share the road this Memorial Day and every day!

As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!


Safe and effective weight loss

With the month of April fast approaching, many of us are likely becoming preoccupied with the semi-annual weigh-in requirement. Feedback from the field suggests that many members go to extremes to “make weight”. Excessive practices include fad diets, extreme workouts, and the use of quick weight loss products. These can be dangerous endeavors, and will likely not result in permanent weight loss. Read the full blog to learn about Coast Guard (CG) approved web-sites that will assist members in safe and effective weight management year-round.


USCG Health, Safety and Work-Life (HSWL) Mobile App

For those looking for information about the Coast Guard, the support programs and services that are available to our members and families, you’ll want to spread the word about the United States Coast Guard’s Health, Safety and Work Life (HSWL) app from USCG’s Office of Work-Life Programs available on both Android and Apple products.


TRICARE and You – Upcoming contract changes

Changes are coming to the way TRICARE is managed, and it’s important that you stay informed so that you get the most out of your benefit. 2016 saw a major renegotiation of the TRICARE contract, affecting all Coast Guard, DOD, PHS and NOAA members, dependents and retirees. A transition period will be in effect until late 2017, when the new contract will begin.


Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


Coast Guard Family Month: Special Needs Program helps real life heroes

Parenting has its challenges, but on top of that, parents of children with special needs have some extra challenges. The need for specialized doctors and to be assigned in an area close to family for support are just a couple of those. Brittany Joseph, Coast Guardsman and single mom to a daughter with special needs, wants others to know they are not alone if they have a child with special needs. She discusses how the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program has allowed her to be the best mom and servicemember that she can be. The Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program provides a comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to community support, housing, medical, educational, and personnel services for Coast Guard families with special needs. Read the full post to learn more about the Joseph family and the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program.


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TRICARE and You – Veterans’ Affairs

If you’re separating or retiring from active service you may be considering applying to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) for benefits. If you have a service related injury or illness you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation, or receive care from a VA medical facility. Preparing correctly can make the process of obtaining VA benefits much easier and receive any authorized benefits faster.


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Updated Zika Virus Guidance

It is necessary to take all precautions to prevent the transmission of Zika. ALCOAST 289/16 outlines Coast Guard requirements, as well as provides guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Widespread local transmission of Zika continues on the island of Puerto Rico and in the US Virgin Islands, and cases have also been found in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Read this important post to ensure you and your family are taking all precautions to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus.


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‘Dog Days of Summer’ Safety

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Yes, the dog days of summer are upon us. There are differing opinions as to the origins of the ‘dog days of summer,’ but we don’t care where it came from – all we know is that it is hot outside. View this post to learn about how to prevent heat strain disorders or injury.


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Health, Safety, and Work-Life Twitter Q&A review

Health, Safety, and Work-Life answered your questions regarding Coast Guard medical and dental benefits via a live Twitter Q&A session. View the video responses within this post.


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