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Operation Live Well

We want to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community. As part of Operation Live Well, we have assembled a set of resources which you can use to adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Please join us in our journey to health and wellness.

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Fuel your body during National Nutrition Month

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3/16/2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese and obesity-related conditions are one of the leading causes of preventable deaths. Eating healthy can prevent the onset of chronic diseases, reduce inflammation and improve physical recovery time from wounds. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

More than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese and obesity-related conditions are one of the leading causes of preventable deaths

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Operation Live Well | Nutrition

Repetition, intensity can build a ‘recipe for injury’ during workouts

Article
9/22/2017
Avoiding any sudden increases in activity level, duration, load, and intensity can help prevent overuse injuries. Injuries can also happen as a result of technique errors, such as poor form during strength training exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

Doing too much too soon, or too much of the same, can lead to overuse injuries but there are many ways people can prevent these injuries

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Physical Activity | Preventive Health | Operation Live Well

Setting goals, logging miles: How to train for a running event

Article
9/20/2017
Runners participate in the Mulberry Island Half Marathon at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, in September 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

Whether you’re training for a 5K or a full marathon, preparing properly takes more than just running

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Physical Activity | Operation Live Well

New school year, same risk: Don’t forget the sunscreen

Article
9/20/2017
Whether at recess or recreational sports, children and teens are exposed to UV rays and it’s important to protect their skin throughout the school year. Experts recommend re-applying sunscreen after an hour and a half – especially while playing sports outside or swimming. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong)

As children and teenagers return to school, experts remind parents to make sunscreen application part of their daily routines throughout the school year

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Preventive Health | Children's Health | Operation Live Well

Getting ZZZZs: Military sleep clinics keep troops on their toes by shutting their eyes

Article
9/19/2017
An Airman is hooked up to wires and a continuous positive air pressure mask in the 673d Medical Group Sleep Disorder Clinic at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital, Alaska. The equipment monitors a patient's brain function, heart rate, temperature, breath, and movement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales)

Sleep is an important preventive health tool, and military sleep clinics help patients get the shut-eye they need

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Preventive Health | Operation Live Well

The importance of sleep - you lose if you don't snooze

Article
9/6/2017
It's no secret that military service often results in periods of decreased sleep. Service members need to use what opportunity they have to get good sleep. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Sleep is an important element of health and well-being just like nutrition and physical fitness

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Health Readiness | Operation Live Well

Watch out for 'hidden' sugars

Article
7/14/2017
Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald)

Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table.

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Nutrition | Consortium for Health and Military Performance | Operation Live Well

Eating Smart on the Run

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1/25/2016
infographic for eating smart when eating out

Tips for making healthy choices when eating out.

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Operation Live Well | Nutrition

Practice Healthy Living Habits

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1/19/2016
Infographic listing 5 key healthy habits for the new year

A list of healthy living habits you can take on in 2016.

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Operation Live Well | Nutrition | Physical Activity | Tobacco-Free Living

6 Easy Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

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11/30/2015
holiday graphic listing 6 tips to reduce stress

Infographic listing 6 tips for reducing holiday stress.

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Operation Live Well | Mental Wellness

Holiday Food Safety Tip: Keep Cold Food Cold

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11/23/2015
Food Safety Tip: Keep cold food cold

Don't let your cold dishes sit out on a counter for more than 2 hours. Keep it chilled at 40 degrees or less.

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Operation Live Well | Nutrition

Holiday Food Safety Tip: Cook Food Thoroughly

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11/16/2015
Infographic: Holiday Food Safety Tip #3, Cook Food Thoroughly

Use a thermometer to ensure your food is cooked to the right minimum internal temperature.

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Operation Live Well | Nutrition

Holiday Food Safety Tip: Marinate Meat Safely

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11/9/2015
Holiday Food Safety Tip #2

Marinate your food in the refrigerator, and keep it there until you're ready to cook it.

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Operation Live Well | Nutrition

Holiday Food Safety Tip: Wash Your Hands

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11/2/2015
Infographic: Holiday Food Safety Tip - Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of bacteria.

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Nutrition | Operation Live Well

One Soldier’s Journey-From Tragedy to Triumph

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4/28/2015
One Soldier’s Journey-From Tragedy to Triumph

Retired Maj. Damon T. Armeni served with 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, deploying three times during his seven years assigned to this unit. In 2004, he was severely injured when his Stryker combat vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. He is sharing his story to help others understand the importance of teamwork and to encourage those ...

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