As a military member, you have several resources available to support your health — from nutrition courses and fitness initiatives to military family programs and wellness centers. Discover and explore different tools that can help make healthy living easier for you and your family. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it does offer non-medical counseling and information about health care services and resources.

Nutrition resources

Good health begins with proper nutrition. The following tools and programs can help you eat right, whether you are at home or at a dining facility.

  • MyPlate.gov: This website is rich with healthy eating tips, recipes, and printable posters, placemats and activity sheets to use at home and offers information for all life stages, from infants and toddlers to teens and older adults. Whether you’re looking for help with healthy eating, a picky eater or creating a customized healthy cookbook for your family, MyPlate can help. The Start Simple with MyPlate app is also available to help you select simple daily food goals that will lead to a healthier diet and lifestyle.
  • National Farmers Market Directory: The fresher your produce, the more nutrition it offers. Local farmers’ markets give service members and their families the healthier option of acquiring locally grown produce. Whether it’s just a roadside stand or a gathering place for local producers, these farmers markets will help you build a better diet.
  • Health.gov: This website offers every day healthy living and nutrition information.
  • Dietary Guidelines for 2020-2025: Updated, downloadable and printable dietary guidelines are available to help set the path for a healthier future for the entire family.
  • Commissaries.com: A great resource for eating healthy on a budget is the military commissary, which sells groceries and household goods at an average of 30% less than other markets and stores. Before your grocery run, visit the commissary website, a great network of information where you can:
    • Snag simple, healthy recipes for your meal planning or last-minute meal. Narrow your recipe search by selecting Dietitian Approved under the Browse Recipes section.
    • Review the Savings Aisle to see what’s on sale for the week and preview the promotional prices before making your shopping list.
    • Make your shopping list or order online with curbside pickup by using the My Shopping List

Fitness resources

Among the fitness resources available to service members and their families are these:

  • The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition: This program engages, educates and empowers all Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles, including regular physical activity and good nutrition. The council is made up of athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness professionals and educators who are appointed by the president to serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Valuable content includes physical activity and fitness resources for all ages and military-specific resources including Move! Weight Management Program and service-specific fitness programs.
  • Human Performance Resource Center: This optimization website is for U.S. warfighters, their families and those who support them. The goal is total force fitness: warfighters optimized to carry out their mission as safely and effectively as possible.
  • Health.gov: Fitness and physical activity information and resources are available, including the Move Your Way® Campaign.
  • Total Force Fitness: mil’s Total Force Fitness concept focuses on a service member’s entire health throughout their career.

Family health resources

Service members can take advantage of a variety of resources that support a healthy family life, tools that help teach youth good nutrition and information on the importance of exercise. Some of them include:

  • The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition: This program engages, educates and empowers all Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles, including regular physical activity and good nutrition. The council is made up of athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness professionals and educators who are appointed by the president to serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Valuable content includes:
  • MyPlate.gov: This website offers healthy eating tips, recipes and printable posters, placemats and activity sheets to use at home and offers information for all life stages, from infants and toddlers to teens and older adults. Whether you’re looking for help with healthy eating, a picky eater or creating a customized healthy cookbook for your family, MyPlate has information to help. Explore MyPlate Life Stages for nutrition resources for children of all ages.
  • Dietary Guidelines for 2020-2025: Updated, downloadable and printable dietary guidelines are available to help set the path for a healthier future for the entire family.
  • We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition): This national movement, developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, is designed to give parents, caregivers and entire communities a way to help children ages 8-13 stay at a healthy weight. A wealth of information — including healthy weight basics, eating right, getting active and downloadable cookbooks — can be used for the entire family!
  • Your Local Commissary offers tips on making healthy choices and raising a healthy eater.

Wellness resources

  • Health and Wellness Coaching Consultation: The nutrition and overall health of our service members and their families is important to our nation’s defense. Check out this free resource from Military OneSource for eligible service members and family members and get your overall wellness back on track.
  • Military OneSource Recommended Wellness Apps: Check out the recommended apps from Military OneSource to get your health and wellness back on track.

Online health and wellness initiatives

Health services are available to military members in a variety of forms. Get motivated by connecting with other people who have similar goals and seek out new methods for helping yourself stay on the path toward a healthy lifestyle with these online initiatives.

  • The Human Performance Resource Center is a Department of Defense initiative that helps members of the military, their families and caretakers to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. The online center offers advice on nutrition, dietary supplements, physical conditioning and mental fitness.
  • TRICARE provides resources to help you pursue a healthy lifestyle, such as Making Healthy Changes for Life.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the Start Simple with MyPlate app, a simple and easy-to-use mobile app that allows you to set daily food goals, track your progress in real time, earn badges and celebrate your success as you learn to develop healthy eating habits.

MWR Digital Library health resources

Another great place to turn to support your health is the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library, which offers a variety of materials for those seeking information on wellness. Through the library, users can:

  • Access medical journals, magazines, reference works and multimedia covering a range of health-related issues.
  • Find journals and other materials with information on everything from brain health to psychology to alternative medicine.
  • Improve their brain health with clinically proven personalized brain training exercises.