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Trimming the holiday fat

From left, U.S. Air Force Capt. Abigail Schutz, 39th Medical Operations Squadron health promotions element chief, Staff Sgt. Jennifer Mancini, 39th MDOS health promotions technician, and Tech. Sgt. Brian Phillips, 39th MDOS health promotions flight NCO in charge, pose for a photo in front of the Bod Pod at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Oct. 2, 2018.

From left, U.S. Air Force Capt. Abigail Schutz, 39th Medical Operations Squadron health promotions element chief, Staff Sgt. Jennifer Mancini, 39th MDOS health promotions technician, and Tech. Sgt. Brian Phillips, 39th MDOS health promotions flight NCO in charge, pose for a photo in front of the Bod Pod at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Oct. 2, 2018. The Health Promotions flight provides Airmen with the best possible methods of nutrition to stay in optimal warfighting shape. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Wisher)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Abigail Schutz, 39th Medical Operations Squadron health promotions element chief, briefs members of the 728th Air Mobility Squadron about proper nutrition habits at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Abigail Schutz, 39th Medical Operations Squadron health promotions element chief, briefs members of the 728th Air Mobility Squadron about proper nutrition habits at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 13, 2018. Some topics she discussed were how complex carbs are better for energy, as well as what to look for on supplement labels, like U.S. Pharmaceutical Convention and the National Sanitation Foundation. ( U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

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As a way to aid the U.S. Air Force in advancing Airmen and maintaining the most advanced and lethal force the world has seen, the Health Promotions flight of the 39th Medical Operations Squadron is offering services to help service members “cut the fat” and maintain overall fitness.

By teaching service members about nutrition, fitness, sleep and tobacco cessation, known as the four pillars of health, the Health Promotions team provides Airmen with the tools to live a healthy lifestyle and to keep the warfighter in optimal fit-to-fight shape.

“We aim to create a culture of health, as well as to improve the warfighter,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Abigail Schutz, 39th MDOS health promotions element chief.

One of the ways that the flight aids the members to staying fit at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, is by using a Bod Pod. The Bod Pod measures the body composition of lean muscle, as well as fat via air displacement, providing Airmen with a proper gauge on their overall fitness.

Another resource the health promotions flight offers is a five-week Better Body, Better Life course, which aims to help members plan for long-term weight management. The course, which began on Nov. 26, 2018, educates members on proper nutrition techniques and approaches.

“Our job is to promote warrior Airmen,” said U.S. Staff Sgt. Jennifer Mancini, 39th MDOS health promotions technician. “If people aren’t mentally and physically fit, they aren’t able to do their job.”

To sign up for the course or for more information, contact the Health Promotions flight at 676-8256 or 676-6123.