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Airmen participation needed for health survey

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force needs input from Airmen on issues that directly affect the health, well-being and readiness of military members and families by participating in the Health Related Behaviors Survey that will inform the Defense Department of potential health problems in the military community.

"Your participation in the 2015 HRBS is critical to assessing health-related readiness," said John Fedrigo, the Air Force deputy assistant secretary. "I hope you will choose to support this vital effort."

The 40-minute survey is voluntary for active components and Coast Guard members. Some personnel will be randomly selected to complete an anonymous health review via email and mail invitation. Members can complete the survey on any computer with Internet capability and should be accurate and honest as possible about diet, exercise, stress, substance use and alcohol.

The DOD conducts the anonymous HRBS every three years to get a comprehensive update about the health behaviors of military members. No personal identifiers on this survey will be asked, however, this questionnaire will be linked to survey participation.

"Through this anonymous survey information obtained is used to ensure we are providing the right kinds of guidance on services, programs, and support essential to maintaining a ready force which can be deployed at a moment's notice," said Dr. Jonathon Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and the TRICARE Management Activity director.

Members are asked to complete the questionnaire at To protect a member's privacy, any uncompleted surveys will need to start over from the beginning. A summary report of the results will be posted to the DOD website as soon as it's finalized.

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