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The Healthy Base Initiative

Since 2013, the Healthy Base Initiative — part of the overarching Operation Live Well program — has brought healthy living initiatives to service members and their families at 14 pilot installations.

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.

To help combat this problem, the Department of Defense implemented the Healthy Base Initiative to help create an environment that encourages good nutrition, active lifestyles and tobacco-free living — and make healthy living the easy choice.

Here are the components of the Healthy Base Initiative:

Physical Activity

  • Initiatives, Promising Practices and Tools
  • Physical Activity Policies

Children, Schools and Families

  • Initiatives, Promising Practices, Tools, Resources
  • Children, Schools and Families Policies

Healthy Food Options

  • Initiatives, Promising Practices, Tools, Resources
  • Healthy Food Option Policies

Physical Environment

  • Initiatives, Tools
  • Physical Environment Policies

Health and Wellness

  • Initiatives, Promising Practices
  • Health and Wellness Policies

Tobacco Cessation Programs

  • Initiatives, Promising Practices, Tools
  • Tobacco Cessation Policies

Farmers Market Guide — starting an on-installation farmers market

Recipe Book  — healthy recipes for foodservice operations.

Installation Program Directory

Find programs and services at your local installation.