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Consuming a variety of nutritious foods and beverages keeps you performing and looking your best, whether you are 8, 18, or 80.

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To salt or not to salt?

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4/20/2017
Most Americans get more than 75% of their sodium from prepared and processed foods, including tomato sauce, soups, gravies, canned foods, bread, frozen pizzas, snack foods, and salad dressings. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud)

It’s important to watch your sodium intake because it can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and some cancers

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Nutrition centers improve health readiness

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4/19/2017
Patient care is at the core of multi-service market nutrition centers. These centers provide a range of services to meet individual patient needs within the military health community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes.)

Nutrition centers at MTFs, especially in large multi-service markets like National Capital Region, benefit patients by providing a variety of services; dietitians at these centers contribute to health readiness in many ways, such as teaching classes, providing training, and carefully preparing patient meals

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5210 campaign fights childhood obesity by encouraging better nutrition, less screen time, more exercise

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4/5/2017
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5210 Healthy Military Children campaign encourages children to get five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day; fewer than two hours of recreational time in front of a TV, tablet, portable video game, or computer screen; one hour of exercise each day; and zero sugary drinks

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Energy boost in a can: Is it as beneficial as it seems?

Article
3/24/2017
Consumers who rely on energy drinks for a boost should understand how to dose caffeine because nutrition labels can be misleading, experts say (Photo by Sgt. David Bruce/Camp Atterbury Public Affairs).

The effects of caffeine vary from person to person, but the true caffeine content in energy drinks isn’t always accurately reflected on nutrition labels, according to MHS experts. They want consumers to understand how to properly dose caffeine – and why dosing is important.

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DoD campaign guides military community on use of supplements

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3/23/2017
Operation Supplement Safety aims to help people make informed, responsible decisions on supplement use. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

A DoD initiative through the Human Performance Resource Center, offers guidance to people about the potential benefits and dangers of using supplements

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Bedtime snack to optimize bone health, give trainees a fighting chance

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3/20/2017
A new fortified snack bar developed by the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army’s Research Institute of Environmental Medicine boosts calcium and vitamin D levels, making trainees less vulnerable to the fractures.

A bedtime snack for new military recruits isn’t coddling; it’s building better warfighters

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Six ways to “spring performance forward”

Article
3/10/2017
Warmer temperatures and longer days mean more opportunities to get outside. Exercising outdoors can calm your nervous system, help you recover from stressful events, and improve your overall well-being. (DoD photo)

Six ways to leverage the longer periods of daylight and spring your performance forward.

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MHS partners with other agencies to build healthy diets, peak warfighters

Article
3/1/2017
The Defense Commissary Association (DeCA) Nutrition Guide Program places nutritional data on store shelves with food products so shoppers can make more informed choices.

March is National Nutrition Month. The Military Health System is working with other federal agencies to make sure warfighters and their families get the right food.

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Vitamin D B12 Deficiency

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9/19/2016
Adequate intake of B vitamins is important to ensure optimum energy production and the building of muscle tissue.

Adequate intake of B vitamins is important to ensure optimum energy production and the building of muscle tissue.

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Stimulants - Are you up to speed?

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5/19/2016
Operation Supplement Safety infographic about stimulants

Get up to speed and check out the new OPSS infographic with information on what you need to know about these dietary supplement ingredients

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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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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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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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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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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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