Healthy Base Initiative - The Essentials

The Healthy Base Initiative, part of the overarching Operation Live Well program, has brought healthy living initiatives to service members and their families on installations across the nation. It demonstrates how healthy living, active living and tobacco cessation can improve recruitment, retention, readiness and resilience of the military community.

The primary goals of the Healthy Base Initiative include:

Healthy eating

The initiative promotes good nutrition by looking for opportunities to encourage healthy eating through programs that target military spouses, children and families. The initiative also supports smaller food outlets’ ability to buy and serve healthier items, and expands the availability of healthy foods at dining halls.

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Active living

To encourage active living, the initiative explores options to develop fitness facilities near child care centers and expands access to fitness facilities and fitness support for service members, dependents, civilians and retirees.

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Wellness

To promote better health and wellness, the initiative aims to improve the environment at military hospitals and test several programs aimed at increasing health and wellness for children, including 5210 Healthy Military Children. The initiative also uses tools to measure whether current health and wellness programs are effective and to help identify gaps where the military community needs more help in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Tobacco cessation

To decrease tobacco use, the initiative is working toward policy changes, growing the number of tobacco-free areas and increasing marketing and education to prevent people from smoking their first cigarette.

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