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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?

Article
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?

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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”

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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

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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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SuperTrack nutrition for fitness

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2/16/2017
Exercise and diet are ways to keep the pounds off. One of the best ways to start losing weight or just improve your nutrition overall is to keep track of what you eat and drink every day. (MHS photo illustration)

One of the best ways to start losing weight or just improve your nutrition overall is to keep track of what you eat and drink every day

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Weight-loss supplements are tempting

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1/26/2017
The supplement business is a multi-billion dollar industry that is not currently regulated like conventional food and drug products by the Food and Drug Administration. Not only are they potentially unsafe, weight-loss supplements that advertise “quick fixes” likely won’t help you meet your goals. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

The Food and Drug Administration has categorized many weight-loss supplements as high-risk products

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'SMART' goals can improve health for new year

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1/24/2017
Travis Combest, exercise physiology and personal trainer in Outpatient Nutrition Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, works out in the fitness center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. For better health, Combest encourages people to set SMART goals – Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. (U.S. Army photo by Bernard Little)

SMART goals build momentum, as well as confidence leading to improvements in fitness and nutrition

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Track your weight loss

Article
1/18/2017
Mobile apps and programs are becoming simpler and more intuitive to help monitor your healthy eating. Some programs are interactive as well. They also provide nutrition information for more than 45,000 food items, including brand name and restaurant foods. Entering foods and calculating their calories takes only a fraction of the time when compared to a “paper” food diary. (MHS graphic)

The first step to losing weight and gaining better health is using self-monitoring techniques to track your calories

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New year, new you: Health and fitness tips

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1/9/2017
Elizabeth Harris, fitness center manager at Defense Health Headquarters (DHHQ) partakes in a workout session. Harris considers herself to be a fitness ‘lifer’and says, “Being healthy is not a hobby; it’s a lifestyle.”

Some helpful guidelines to become healthy and fit for the new year

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The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

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12/30/2016
Army Spc. Kevin Alexander of 138th Quartermaster Company grabs an energy drink at the Post Exchange. Most energy drinks contain anywhere from 70 to 200 milligrams of caffeine. The daily recommended intake of caffeine is no more than 300 milligrams. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Bruce)

Energy drinks became the beverage of choice for many service members during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, promising to give an energy boost while in the field

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Mindful eating during the holidays

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12/19/2016
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Lewis carves turkey for a holiday dinner aboard USS Coronado.

The holiday season can be a challenging time to eat sensibly

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