“HOME OF THE FLYING TIGERS”
INTEGRATED DELIVERY SYSTEM (IDS)
NEWSLETTER & PEOPLE PROGRAMS
BRINGING PEOPLE AND SERVICES TOGETHER!
Need to talk to someone? Contact the Moody Military Family Life Consultant at 229-834-6888 during
regular duty hours (0800-1700). Need some advice with childrearing? Call the Child Behavioral Special-
Vol 13, No 4-6 ist) assigned to Youth Programs/CDC/Family Child Care at 229-412-2671.
April is the Month of the Military Child
Mr. Eric Pedersen, Chief/Airman & Family Readiness Center
How do you help your children deal with the stress of deployment? Here are some great suggestions from people with
experience. One child was having a hard time at school because she missed her Daddy. Mom found a photo of daddy in uniform and
cut it out, taped it into the inside of her lunch box and I made a "cartoon bubble" out of paper and wrote 'I love you' on it and taped
that onto the photo. Change the message often. This week might say, "Five more days until I should be calling you." As it gets closer
to the time he is due home, start a countdown saying, "Four more days until I am home" and update it each day. This gives her a sense
of security every time she goes into her lunch box.
Here are a few more ideas:
Before each deployment dad (or mom) fills a big jar with Hershey kisses (one for each child for each day they will be gone) and la-
bels the jar "Kisses from Daddy (Mommy)". Each day the children get a "kiss" from daddy (mommy) and as they see the jar getting
emptier it helps with the countdown and perception of time.
Get a map and show them were daddy (mommy) is, whether it’s just a state away, or another deployed location.
Plan some special family time the day before dad or mom deploys. Unplug the phone, no housework....just some fun time together.
Explain what daddy (mommy) has to do, and where he is going, and when he expects to be home.
Take a video recording of the deploying parent playing with the kid (s), reading a story, or just being silly for the camera. The
younger kids love their daddy (mommy) tapes, and this helps keep an image fresh in their young mind so there was no "stranger"
anxiety when dad (mom) returns.
During deployments, write letters to the kids at least once a week -- they didn't have to be long, but they were very important to the
kids. Talk to them on the phone whenever possible.
When kids are younger, give them their own pictures of daddy (mommy), which they can talk to and kiss goodnight. (IDEA - Have
the picture imprinted on a pillowcase!)
Pitch in together in the days before dad (mom) is scheduled to arrive home to get the house in order. Plan a special homecoming meal,
etc. Make welcome home signs as a family project.
Talk a lot about things we will do together as a family when daddy (mommy) gets back.
STAY ACTIVE- the park, the aquarium, the grocery store, whatever. If you have something to do, it is hard to think about Dad/Mom.
Very important....Take time for yourself during the deployments. Even if you take the kids to daycare and go home and take a
nap, or a bath, or curl up with a good book. That time is very important to your survival. Having a worn out or stressed out
parent doesn't do a child any good.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be eligible to use the Give Parents a Break Program, children MUST (1) have a current refer-
ral, (2) an up-to-date immunization to include influenza vaccine, and (3) all registration paperwork MUST be filled out and re-
turned before making a reservation. If your child has a special need, all mandatory special needs requirements need to be met
before your child can attend the program. REMINDER: For those parents who do not pick up their children by 1600, they will be
responsible for paying for the additional time that their child remains in the program
Your Integrated Delivery System (IDS) is a cross-functional
team of military service providers working together to enhance
the quality of life in our Air Force Community. The IDS con-
tinually strives to improve the quality of prevention programs
and services by working together. IDS Membership is:
Airman & Family Services Flight: Airman & Family Readiness Center/257-
If you have comments about the 3333; Child Development Center/257-3935; Family Child Care Program/257-3907;
IDS Newsletter/People Programs Youth Services/257-3067; School Liaison Officer’257-4380
Calendar, or suggestions for future Health and Wellness Center/HAWC : 257-4292 or 4255
issues, please email the editor, Ann Base Chapel: 257-3211
Lukens (firstname.lastname@example.org) Family Advocacy Outreach Program: 257-4805
or Frances Elmore, IDS Chairper- Behavioral Health Flight (to include Mental Health): 257-3898
Sexual Assault Response Program: 257– 7272 or 560-5085
First Sergeants Council & Moody Spouses Club representatives
Some Important Numbers to have handy: (DSN 460)
23rd Wing Inspector General: 257-3341/5696
Fraud, Waste & Abuse 24 Hour Hotline: 257-5698
High Blood Pressure—Are You at Risk?
If you are an adult and your blood pressure is 140/90 mm HG or above, you have hypertension and are at higher
risk for heart disease, stroke, and other medical problems. High blood pressure has no symptoms, so if you have
not had it checked in a while, make an appointment now. One in three adults in the US has high blood pressure.
About 30% of them do not know they have it.
Factors that Contribute to High Blood Pressure
Medical science does not understand why most cases of high blood pressure occur, so it is hard to say hot to prevent it. However,
we do not know that several factors may contribute to high blood pressure and raise your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Controllable Risk Factors
Obesity– People with body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are more likely to develop high blood pressure.
Eating too much salt– A high sodium intake increases blood pressure in some people.
Drinking too much alcohol– Heavy and regular use of alcohol can increase blood pressure dramatically.
Lack of physical activity– An inactive lifestyle makes it easier to become overweight & increases the chance of high blood pres-
Stress– This is often mentioned as a risk factor, but stress levels are hard to measure, and responses to stress vary from person to
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
Race– African Americans develop high blood pressure more often than Caucasians; it tends to occur earlier and be more severe.
Heredity– If your parents or other close blood relatives have high blood pressure, you are more likely to develop it
Age– In general, the older you get, the greater your chance of developing high blood pressure. It occurs most often in people over
35. Men seem to develop it most often between the age of 35-55. Women are more likely to develop it after menopause.
The HAWC offers a monthly Healthy Heart class to assist you with preventing and managing high blood pressure through
diet and exercise. Call use for more information or to register today.
Safety Tip: Have you ever wondered about the safety of a particular toy or product? Visit the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission website for the latest information on recalls or safety issues (http://www.cpsc.gov/)