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July 1, 2013 at 9:19am

Wingman Toolkit promotes healthy, balanced lifestyle

The Wingman Toolkit is an Air Force Reserve initiative to empower Airmen and their families to sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles using the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

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Ian Phillips, a journalist with the Defense Media Activity, as the scoop on the Air Force Reserve Wingman Toolkit.

As members of the military family we all deal with stress. Work, relationships, and money are just a few examples of the things that are on our minds every day.

Reservists have the additional responsibility of balancing civilian and military careers. Everyone deals with it differently though. Sometimes people need help dealing with events and don't know where to turn. The Air Force Reserve has created a way to help yourself and others with the Wingman Toolkit.

The Wingman Toolkit is an Air Force Reserve initiative to empower Airmen and their families to sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles using the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness.
The four pillars are: physical, mental, spiritual, and social. The toolkit is divided around these pillars and supplies articles, videos, and other resources that can help Airmen understand the challenges facing reservists. It also includes a training section that has videos and training resources.

Examples of what you will find include an article in the physical pillar section on men's health that outlines health concerns and steps to take to maintain a healthy body. In the social section a video of a first-person account of the daring mid-air rescue shows what it is to be a great wingman. There are also multiple resources on suicide prevention and awareness.

The toolkit also has Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages; as well as Android and iPhone mobile apps.

While designed to focus on Airmen and their families, it is a great support resource for anyone who wans to improve the everyday lives of themselves and others.

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