Health & Wellness
Good health is critical to military and family readiness, allowing service members to perform their responsibilities at work and at home to the best of their abilities. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it provides resources that can help you maintain good health. Check out our fresh, practical content on healthy living and more.
Giving Your Child a Happy, Healthy Start With 5210 Healthy Military Children
Every mother and father wants to raise a happy, healthy, well-adjusted child. Service members are no exception. Since most healthy behaviors are developed in childhood, you can help your child get off to a good start with good habits, actions and choices to promote health and happiness.
Practicing Good Nutrition Boosts Personal Performance
Military members need to stay in shape so that they can perform their duties. One of the best ways to build strength and stamina is by eating nutritious foods. Here are some tips on how to start.
Understanding and Identifying Substance Use Disorders
Understanding and identifying a substance use problem, whether your own or that of a friend, can be the beginning of a better life. Learn how to identify the warning signs of substance use disorders and where to get help.
7 Counseling Options for Service Members and Their Families
Free and confidential counseling services are available to help service members and their families cope in healthy ways. The Department of Defense provides a variety of counseling and suicide prevention services to all active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members, survivors, Department of Defense civilian expeditionary workforce members and their families.
Getting Help for Combat Stress
Learning to recognize the signs of combat stress in yourself, another service member or a family member who has returned from a war zone can help you call on the right resources to begin the healing process.
Becoming a Caregiver for a Wounded, Ill or Injured Service Member
When your spouse or loved one suffers a severe injury or debilitating illness, it can feel as if your entire world has been turned upside down — and the goals and plans you had for yourself, your marriage and your family go on hold.
Children, Schools and Families Initiatives, Promising Practices, Tools and Resources
A fit and healthy fighting force is the foundation of a strong national defense. In the United States, poor nutrition, obesity, lack of physical fitness and tobacco use pose a growing threat to the military’s four “Rs”: recruitment, retention, readiness and resilience.
Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act has been protecting disabled people's civil rights for more than 25 years, making sure they have the same opportunities as everyone else to be part of everyday American life.
Self-injury is deliberate harm inflicted on a person's own body. It may include cutting or burning the skin, preventing wounds from healing, slamming fists or other parts of the body against hard objects or pulling out hair.
Helping You and Your Family Survive a Suicide
Surviving the suicide of a loved one is different than a “natural death” and can be especially traumatic. It is common for survivors to feel that they didn’t do enough to save their loved one, creating feelings of what is called “survivor guilt.”
How to Deal with Stress as a Caregiver
It’s hard to avoid stress when you’re caring for a loved one with a serious injury or an ongoing wound or illness. Caregiving is an important job that can be extremely demanding.
When Your Spouse Has a Traumatic Brain Injury
As a spouse of a service member who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, you may be experiencing a range of emotions. It is important to allow yourself to feel every emotion that surfaces and attend to your own needs.
Why It’s Important to Know Your Family’s Medical History
Genes impact more than just eye color and height. They also play a big part in your health. The health of your family members and their medical conditions, past and present, could have a big impact on you, and it's worth finding out as much as you can.
Follow These Stress Relief Tips
Some stress in your life is healthy. It can motivate you to change behavior and develop skills, especially in military life.
How to Be Healthy Through the Holidays
Don’t let the hectic holiday schedule and party foods derail your health, nutrition and fitness goals. Sure, you want to have fun, but not so much you regret it come New Year’s Day.
8 Rewards of Tobacco-Free Living
The benefits of quitting tobacco are limitless and start immediately. Your health and your finances are just the beginning of what you’ll improve for both yourself and your family. Here are eight of the many benefits you’ll experience with a new, tobacco-free life.
Fitness Classes With Morale, Welfare and Recreation
From high-intensity aerobic workouts to relaxing yoga, your installation's fitness center has classes for everyone, at every level. Classes are available for little or no cost to anyone who can access the gym through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.
Wounded Warrior Acronyms
The military often uses abbreviations, or acronyms, as shorthand for longer terms. If a service member you care about is recovering from an injury or illness and you're involved in the recovery, you are likely to encounter many acronyms.
Preventing Injuries in Military Training
As a service member, you can push yourself hard to reach your peak fitness goals. However, ramping up your workout too much could lead to injuries that can affect your daily performance. You can reduce your risk of injury by being informed.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the real danger has passed. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.