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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. Discover how to eat well and find some easy, great tasting, and great-for-you recipes by visiting the sites listed below:

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In support of Operation Live Well's mission of keeping active duty military members, their families and civilians in the best shape, we're pleased to share nutritious recipes from Guard Your Health—–a resource for the Army National Guard Community. 

For more inspiring ideas, visit Guard Your Health!

Celebrate summer with these tasty Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa!

fish tacos with peach salsa

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Watch out for 'hidden' sugars

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7/14/2017
Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald)

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Shedding light on vitamin D

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6/26/2017
Air Force Senior Airman Michael Cossaboom pretends to eat the sun. Unlike other nutrients, vitamin D occurs naturally in very few foods, so it can be difficult to get enough through your diet. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body produces when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but there are ways to get it from foods too. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham)

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body produces when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but there are ways to get it from foods too

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Eat a rainbow of colorful produce

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6/12/2017
For adults, the current daily recommendation is 2-3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. Remember that raw, cooked, steamed, grilled, and broiled varieties all count, so fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at mealtimes. (U.S. Army photo by Honey Nixon)

Eating colorful fruits and veggies can help reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers too

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Summertime food safety

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5/30/2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses, including those associated with poorly cooked or stored foods in hot environments. To avoid this, follow good cooking tips. Cook foods thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to check for doneness. Make sure cooked foods have reached a safe internal temperature. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The CDC estimates one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses

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Army researchers showcase Performance Readiness Bar

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Two Soldiers taste-test the Performance Readiness Bar, a calcium and vitamin D-fortified snack bar developed to optimize bone health in basic trainees, during a bone health field study. (U.S. Army photo by David Kamm)

According to the Military Health System, recruits often arrive to basic training with poor calcium and vitamin D status

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The scoop on probiotic and prebiotic foods

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Prebiotic foods include bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, artichokes, and whole grains. (Courtesy photo)

Benefits from eating foods with probiotics and prebiotics occur when they’re part of a diet that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat sources of dairy and protein

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Daily nutrition strategies for endurance

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Fueling for endurance events starts by eating a balanced diet, high in variety. Consuming carbs from various sources before training and throughout each day will be keep you energized. Protein after your workouts will help you recover from your workout so you can train again tomorrow. (U.S. Army photo)

Performance nutrition really begins during training, when you consistently fuel your body with the proper amounts and kinds of calories and nutrients

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To salt or not to salt?

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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)

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Nutrition centers improve health readiness

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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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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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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).

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DoD campaign guides military community on use of supplements

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

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

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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.

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

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

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